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Fmr Apple & Google Exec Guy Kawasaki will Join Leaders from Verizon, AT&T, Ericsson, CenturyLink & More to Keynote TIA Conference; June 3 - 5 in Dallas, TX

Canva Chief Evangelist Kawasaki & Fujitsu SVP Manganello will Keynote VIP Dinner June 4;
Conference will Also Feature Carrier Exec Panel & Sessions on Policy Issues, Green ICT & More

Arlington, Va. (May 23, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced that Canva Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki will keynote its Network of the Future conference, held June 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. The former Apple chief evangelist will join a roster of industry leaders set to keynote the conference, including AT&T CTO Krish Prabhu and executives from CenturyLink, Kaiser Permanente, Ericsson and Panasonic.

Members of the media are invited to attend the conference. To register, or for more information, please contact Farrah Kim at or 202.568.8986.

Kawasaki and Greg Manganello, Senior Vice President of Services at Fujitsu Network Communications, will both provide keynote presentations during the conference’s annual VIP dinner, held Wednesday, June 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Fujitsu, the dinner will also recognize the winners of TIA’s Disruptors Competition, which features startups that are pushing the benchmark of innovation within the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

Prior to joining Canva, an innovative online graphic design service, Kawasaki was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google, where he was responsible for creating the Google+ mobile device community. Previously, he was chief evangelist for Apple. Kawasaki is also a founder of Alltop, an online service which aggregates top headlines, and is an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He has published 12 books on subjects ranging from Google+ to business advice, book publishing and more.

In addition to Kawasaki, TIA’s Network of the Future Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

TIA’s Future of the Network conference will also include a special State of the Industry session featuring the following industry leaders and executives:

  • Fraser Pajak, CEO, QuEST Forum (Speed to Market Carrier Panel)
  • Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain, AT&T (Speed to Market Carrier Panel)
  • James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development, CenturyLink (Speed to Market Carrier Panel)
  • Vish Nandlall, Head of Strategy, Marketing & CTO, Ericsson (Policy Picture) 
  • Grant Seiffert, President, TIA (Emerging ICT Value Chain) 
  • Thierry Klein, Head, Green Research, Bell Labs (State of Energy and ICT) 
  • Dr. Tassu Shervani, Marilyn & Leo Professor, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

The conference will include a CTO Roundtable Luncheon and a Disruptors’ Competition. The conference is centered on three educational tracks: Wireless & 5G Networks, Big Data & Privacy, and Software Defined Networks. In addition, TIA’s Network of the Future Conference will be accompanied by an invitation-only AT&T Supplier Conference highlighting AT&T’s vision of the User-Defined Network Cloud.

For a complete schedule of keynote and State of the Industry presentations, visit:

Sponsors of TIA 2014: The Network of the Future include the Host Sponsor, Ericsson, along with ADTRAN, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, GENBAND, Goodman Networks, Henkels & McCoy, IGATE, ILS/Telit, InterDigital, Juniper Networks, Panasonic, Power & Telephone, Tallac Media, Tarana Wireless, Telmar Network Technology, JDSU and Wipro.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

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