Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has bowed out, citing a “scheduling
conflict,” according to Karen Chupka, senior vice president of conferences and
events for the Consumer Electronics Association.
She declined to offer further details.
The loss of Bartz is a noteworthy one. Yahoo skipped last year’s
CES keynote circuit and onlookers were hoping Bartz would this year shed light
on the company’s plans for its media properties, which are seeing their funding
increase as Yahoo shuts down other divisions. The company also has some interesting
projects underway that related to Internet-enabled TVs.
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will seemingly take Bartz’s place in
the keynote lineup. The CEA added him yesterday at a press conference in New
Other keynote speakers at this year’s show include Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer, the CEA’s Gary Shapiro, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Intel CEO
Paul Otellini, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasuvo and Hisense Chairman Zhou