January 25, 2012

German chancellor, Google boss to open CeBit 2012

By Emeka Aginam

Chairman of the Google Board of Directors, Eric Schmidt will join German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and others at the official opening of CeBIT 2012 slated for March  in Hanover, Germany.

“We are very happy to have Eric Schmidt as the keynote speaker”, Senior Vice President of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe, Frank Pörschmann said, adding that , “As executive chairman of the Google board of directors Schmidt is among the international ICT industry’s most influential players.

“We look forward to the collaboration with CeBIT this year. With the growing impact of the internet across all industries, CeBIT has as the world’s most important ICT fair a high significance for Google. Before this background, we are proud that with Eric Schmidt we are able to present one of CeBIT’s opening speakers,”  Kay Oberdeck, Director Communications & Public Affairs and member of the DACH Management Team at Google, said.

Eric Schmidt was made CEO of Google by the company’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in 2001. On 4 April 2011 he transferred to Google’s Board of Directors, in which capacity he continues to advise and represent the company.

CeBIT is the digital industry’s biggest, most international event. Thanks to its unique combination of exhibition, conferences, keynotes, corporate events and lounges, CeBIT represents an unrivaled tool for doing business and sealing deals.

It would be recalled that more than 4,200 companies from over 70 countries participated at CeBIT 2011, including many firms which returned after a break of several years, such as Xerox, Canon, Epson, Siemens Enterprise Communications, HP and Motorola.