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More Code Conference Speakers: Amazon's Bezos, IBM's Rometty, Facebook's Sandberg & Schroepfer

It is our biggest speaker roster ever in 14 years, with the top names in tech, media, commerce, politics and more.


In January, we announced our first group of speakers for this year’s Code conference, which is shaping up to be our biggest speaker roster ever in 14 years, with the top names in tech, media, commerce, politics and more.

Those included: SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk; eBay CEO Devin Wenig; Ford CEO Mark Fields; Google CEO Sundar Pichai; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann; and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.

Now, we are adding four more for the annual event, held at the end of May in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.: Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer.

As chairman, president, CEO and founder of Amazon, Bezos needs no introduction. He founded the online retail giant over two decades ago, moving from selling only books to hawking a wide range of products to selling its own devices like the Kindle and Echo to providing cloud computing infrastructure and even hit shows like “Transparent.” Along the way, he bought the Washington Post newspaper and recently founded aerospace company Blue Origin, which is aimed at spaceflight “so that humans can better continue exploring the solar system.”

Rometty has been working at IBM since 1981, becoming the iconic company’s first female CEO in 2012. She has been trying to turn around IBM, moving it to new businesses like cloud computing, mobile software, analytics and security that she calls “strategic imperatives.” She has also struck deals with companies like Apple, VMware, GitHub, Bitly and Siemens, as well as attempting to take advantage of its Watson artificial intelligence efforts in the health arena, most recently via its purchase of Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion in cash.

Sandberg has been a close business partner with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg since she arrived at the social networking giant eight year ago, recruited from a top job at Google. Since then, the pair have turned Facebook into a juggernaut that is now morphing into new areas, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence and video. Sandberg is also just as well known as the author of the bestseller “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” and founder of, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions.

And as Facebook is moving into all these arenas, Schroepfer is the one charged with making all this future tech a reality for users, from the upcoming Oculus Rift VR headset and M, the company’s virtual assistant for Messenger. Schroepfer came to Facebook after stints at Sun Microsystems and Mozilla. Best known as “Schrep,” he began his career working at various startups, including a digital-effects software startup where he developed software that has been used in several major motion pictures, including “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.”

There are many more Code 2016 speakers, which we will be announcing in the coming weeks, so look for more big names to come.

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