NVTC Titans Series to Feature BlackBerry Executive Chairman & CEO John Chen on December 16

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John Chen to Discuss the Ups and Downs of Innovation

BlackBerry CEO John Chen

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced that John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO of BlackBerry, will headline the organization’s upcoming Titans series event on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. During a fireside chat with the Consumer Technology Association's Gary Shapiro, John Chen will discuss the ups and downs of innovation, share his experiences turning around momentum-based technology companies, and provide insights into BlackBerry's corporate strategy and focus on security.

John Chen is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Sybase Inc. He led the company's turnaround, reinventing it to become a high-growth innovator, returning it to profitability and achieving a market cap of $5.8 billion.

Date:
Dec. 16, 2015

Time:
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and networking
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast and program

Location:
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA

Registration:
To register as a member of the press, please contact Sarah Jones at
703-904-7878, ext. 207 or email sjones(at)nvtc(dot)org.

The event is free for press, but advanced registration is required. Press credentials are required for entry.

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community; the Equal Footing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, which mentors new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.

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