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June 18, 2024


ECIA Executive Conference Committee Announces Keynote Speaker
Futurist Peter Leyden will present on ‘The Inexorable Technologies and Trends to Come’.

Atlanta — ECIA’s 2024 Executive Conference Committee is pleased to announce it has selected one of the keynote presenters for the conference scheduled for October 20-22 at the Loew’s Chicago O’Hare. Peter Leyden, former managing editor of Wired Magazine will guide attendees to better understand what’s coming next.

Leyden came to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the digital revolution to work with the founders of Wired magazine and has built an extraordinary network of technologists and entrepreneurs over time. He gets tech and innovation. Leyden ran Wired as managing editor in the heyday of the 1990s and subsequently founded and ran two of his own media startups focused on new technologies and the future. He gets what it takes to run an organization. Leyden’s presentation is entitled ‘The Inexorable Technologies and Trends to Come’.

“This year’s theme is ‘Navigating the Tides of Change,” reflecting the committee’s forward-looking vision for the conference program,” noted Conference Chair and President of Schaffner, Ken Bellero. “It seemed only natural that we would be looking for a keynote speaker with a vision for the future of technology; Peter Leyden worked closely with the pioneers of the futures business, most recently at The Long Now Foundation, and has mastered how to track megatrends and the art of strategic foresight. He now advises senior leaders of top companies on the strategic choices that lie just ahead. The committee believes he will be both thought-provoking and informative.”

Registration is now open; early discounts are available to those who can plan ahead.

The 2024 ECIA Executive Conference, the industry’s premier event for industry executive event, will be held October 20-22, 2024, at the Loew's Chicago O'Hare. The Executive Conference is an opportunity for senior management teams from the electronics industry's leading companies - representing the entire supply chain - to gather and address cross-enterprise challenges. Gain access to industry experts and knowledge, forge relationships that can make a real difference, and learn how to remove roadblocks to success. Plan to join this must-attend event - there is no other that offers an in-depth look at the electronics components industry and is as geared towards industry-specific education and fostering meaningful relationships across this section of the supply chain network. It's the one conference you can't afford to miss.

About ECIA

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their independent manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit or call 678-393-9990.