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Gary Shapiro

Consumer Electronics Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing some 2,000 U.S. technology companies and owning and producing the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology, the International CES.

Shapiro is the author of the new book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream, published in January 2011 with a foreword from Mark Cuban. Gary argues how innovation, when supported by a policy environment that enables entrepreneurship and technology-led change, can drive the U.S. economic recovery.

Few people are more qualified to speak about technology-led change than Gary. As head of the CEA, Gary has led the technology industry for more than 20 years through seismic shifts, most recently from analog to digital TV. He has testified before Congress on HDTV and other technology and business issues more than 20 times.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro has led the manufacturers' legal and legislative battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and the consumer battle to protect fair-use rights.

Shapiro also serves on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University and is a member of the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He also served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology. Shapiro has also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a "mastermind" for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, with a double major in economics and psychology, from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Shapiro is an active speaker and writer. He pens a regular column for The Huffington Post at and is a regular guest on CNN, Fox and CNBC.


Biography last updated December 20, 2010