CES founder Jack Wayman dies aged 92

The consumer electronics industry has lost a legend, says CEA CEO Gary Shapiro
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International CES founder Jack Wayman as passed away due to natural causes at the age of 92.

Wayman oversaw the evolution of the EIA Consumer Products Division - where he was named its first director in 1963 - its $50,000 budget and two employees into the Consumer Electronics Group (CEG) with a $15 million budget and 50 employees. The CEG later became the independent CEA.

Wayman is perhaps best known for guiding the association to create and produce the first International CES in 1967, which consisted of 100 exhibitors and 17,000 attendees. He built CES into the world’s premier event for innovation. The 2014 International CES hosted more than 3,600 exhibitors and 160,000 attendees.

“The consumer electronics industry has lost a legend and, more personally, I have lost a great friend and mentor,” said CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro.

“Jack’s contributions to our association and our industry are numerous and momentous. We stand on his shoulders. From leading the creation of the association that eventually became CEA to founding the International CES to leading the fight for critical legislative and public policy victories that helped drive industry growth, Jack truly was one of the fathers of the contemporary CE industry. His passion for and dedication to our industry inspired us all. We join the entire CE family in expressing our condolences to his family and friends.”

Among Wayman’s career achievements are several victories on the legislative and public policy front, including the groundbreaking Sony-Betamax case that paved the way for the introduction of breakthrough technologies.

Wayman continued his involvement with CEA and the CE industry well into his later years, serving as a media spokesperson and as a judge for the CE Hall of Fame. He also continued to mentor CEA staff and serve as an unofficial industry historian.

Donations may be made in Jack’s name to Davidson College and the CEA Foundation.

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