Verizon Says CEO McAdam Cancels Appearance at CES Conference

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) said Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has canceled his planned appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, citing scheduling conflicts.

The CEO’s schedule changed and he won’t be able to attend the conference this year, according to an e-mail from Peter Thonis, a spokesman for New York-based Verizon.

McAdam was scheduled to speak at a Jan. 11 morning panel discussion on the power of innovation. Fellow panelists included Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns and Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally.

The Verizon executive isn’t the only one who signaled less interest in attending the trade show. In December, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced that it will keynote its last CES this year.

“We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing,” Microsoft Vice President Frank X. Shaw wrote in a recent blog.

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