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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to keynote at CES 2020

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to keynote at CES 2020

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming CES 2020 on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 11:30 AM in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Secretary Chao returns as a CES keynoter, following a keynote address during CES 2018. She will discuss the current state of innovation and recent DOT initiatives to support the safe integration of new technologies into our country's transportation systems. The vehicle tech section at CES is larger than many stand-alone car shows, with more than 160 vehicle tech exhibitors - including 10 major automakers. CES 2020 will also showcase the latest in drones, self-driving vehicles, smart cities, resilience technologies and more.

“As the highest-ranking U.S. transportation official, Secretary Chao is driving the Administration's initiatives to safely advance the transportation industry through tech innovation,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA, said in the announcement. “We welcome Secretary Chao back to the CES keynote stage and look forward to hearing the DOT's latest initiatives that will provide a roadmap for the industry - in the U.S. and abroad - and help to further improve public safety.”

Secretary Chao served as U.S. Department of Labor Secretary from 2001 - 2009. She is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to the President's Cabinet in American history. Secretary Chao previously served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation; President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America; and Director of the Peace Corps.

Secretary Chao joins other confirmed CES keynote speakers, including NBCUniversal's Linda Yaccarino; Daimler's Ola Källenius; Delta Air Lines' Ed Bastian; Samsung's Hyun-Suk Kim; and Quibi's Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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