CTIA Announces Keynotes for May Show, Including Ashton Kutcher
CTIA announced the roster of keynote speakers for its 2013 spring show, which will feature U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon, Telefonica S.A. COO Jose Marie Alvarez-Pallete Lopez, Social Radar CEO Michael Chasen, Deutsche Telekom Chief Product and Innovation Officer Thomas Kiessling, Global Head of Mobile at Walmart Gibu Thomas and MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor. And closing out the show will be Ashton Kutcher, tech venture capitalist and portrayer of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film jOBS.
Dillon, who has been in charge at U.S. Cellular since 2010, will moderate a “Power Women in Tech” roundtable that will feature Target EVP and CIO Beth Jacob and Adobe SVP and Chief Information Officer Gerri Martin-Flickinger.
Alvarez-Pallete Lopez has been with Telefónica for more than 10 years, during which time he has held the positions of chairman and CEO of both Telefónica Latinoamérica and Telefónica Europe.
Chasen co-founded and served as CEO of Blackboard, the D.C.-based educational software company where he spent more than 15 years.
Kiessling has served as CPIO at Deutsche Telekom since 2010 in addition to serving as CTO for gaming website bwin.
Thomas was founder and CEO at SugarSync, a cloud-based data sharing and back-up company, before taking his current role with Walmart.
Saylor has served as chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy since founding the company in 1989 and he wrote The Mobile Wave.
And of course, Kutcher is the highest paid actor in TV, stepping in to fill the male number requirement on Two and a Half Men after Charlie Sheen left the show. He is also an active investor in tech through his VC firm AGrade, having put money into companies like AirBnB and Fab.com.
This year’s event will take place May 21-23 in Las Vegas. CTIA’s 2012 spring show featured the CEOs of all four major U.S. mobile providers, the chairman of the FCC and a final day keynote from President Bill Clinton.