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July 24, 2003
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Silicon Valley CEO to Highlight Aspen Summit
John Chen of Sybase Will Deliver August 19 Keynote

WASHINGTON D.C. - One of Silicon Valley's top high-tech executives, Sybase Chairman, CEO and President John S. Chen, will deliver a keynote address at The Progress & Freedom Foundation's upcoming Aspen Summit in Aspen, Colorado. An annual gathering of the digital world's most prominent business leaders, influential policymakers and probing thinkers, the 2003 Summit takes place August 17-19. Chen's comments begin at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain), on Tuesday, August 19.

Headquartered in Dublin, California, Sybase, Inc. is one of the ten largest global independent software companies. Since joining the company in 1997, Chen has overseen Sybase's growth in database license revenues and market share in the emerging mobile and embedded computing arenas. He is an expert on technology, international trade, intellectual property and other key business and policy issues. The Hong Kong-born Californian served previously as chief executive of Siemens Nixdorf's Open Enterprise Computing Division, and held senior positions with Pyramid Technology Corporation and Unisys/Burroughs. "John Chen is a world leader in the important software and high-technology sectors," said Raymond L. Gifford, president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation. "He is also expert and active on key technology and international trade-related policy issues. With 20 years of high-tech leadership experience, he will provide valuable insights."

Other confirmed Aspen Summit speakers include Mel Karmazin, president and COO of Viacom, FCC Chairman Michael Powell and FTC Chairman Timothy Muris, as well as executives of AOL Time Warner, Allegiance Telecom, Autodesk, BellSouth, Comcast, Covad, EMI Group, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Movielink, Qwest, Red Hat,, SBC, Sybase, Universal Pictures, Verizon and Viacom. Other high-level participants include FCC Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin, and FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle. More info:

Following its 1995 debut, the Aspen Summit earned a reputation as one of the most interesting events of its kind. (Wired compared it to the Davos summit in Switzerland and the famed Renaissance Weekend.) Recent speakers include Jeff Bezos, Carly Fiorina, Peter Chernin, Ivan Seidenberg and Les Vadasz. Members of the audience - who often include the likes of Michael Eisner and John Doerr - also contribute the discussions.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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