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Global Critical Infrastructure Leaders to Keynote CES Government 2020

VIENNA, Va. Oct. 4, 2019 – CES Government, the premier government technology partner of CES, today announced its Critical Infrastructure Keynote. The keynote panel is part of the conference’s signature opening plenary session and complements Conference, Industry, and Government keynotes.

The Infrastructure keynote will feature three of the world’s most recognized professionals in digital transformation of global transportation infrastructure.

  • John Wagner: Executive Assistant Deputy Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection. John is the architect of the successful US Global Entry and TSA pre-check programs and is at the forefront of facial recognition and biometric authentication technologies to streamline air, land and sea travel and security.

  • Rich Ceci: Senior Vice President and CIO, Port of Virginia.  Rich is one of the world’s most respected and accomplished technology professionals in terms of digital transformation of major seaports.  He has led enterprise modernization for the Port of Virginia, New York/New Jersey, Dubai and is sought globally for his expertise on the efficient, secure and technology-driven movement and management of cargo globally.


  • Sjoerd Blum: Chief Information Officer, Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam. One of Europe’s most accomplished CIOs and ranked second globally on the Global Airport Innovation Power List, Sjoerd leads the digital transformation of Europe’s busiest airport (aircraft movement) and third busiest in terms of passenger travel. His background includes leadership positions in security, analytics and digital transformation. He is recognized globally for his work in transforming Schiphol into a global model for digital transformation of airports.

“The CES Government 2020 Infrastructure Keynote is unprecedented in both the stature of its participants and the combination of their sector responsibilities on one stage. Equally important, they will participate throughout CES Government and contribute to the informal mix of conversations between government and business for which CES Government is globally recognized,” said Government Business Executive Forum Chairman Don Upson.

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About CES Government
CES government 2020 will feature an executive attendance and speaker demographic that includes more than 30 US Federal departments and agencies, 15+ leading American state and local jurisdictions, NATO and US partner nations that and the most innovative names in technology. CES Government is produced by the Government Business Executive Forum.

About the Government Business Executive Forum
The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) is a premier network of top government and technology professionals in business and government.  As with CES Government, the GBEF is anchored in US Federal and global in its reach.  The GBEF produces an annual program of meetings, events and activities that enable substantive discussions and relationships, so vital in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape.