updated 04:15 am EDT, Wed October 5, 2011
Pair will join execs from Google, Intel, MS, more
D: All Things Digital conference organizers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg have announced that the AsiaD conference, being held in Hong Kong October 19th through 21st, has added Apple Vice President for Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller as well as Apple board of directors member and former Vice President Al Gore to its lineup of speakers, which includes tech executives from Asia as well as Silicon Valley and other tech companies.
Gore, who is both a director at Apple as well as a senior adviser to Google, is also a venture capital partner with Kleiner Perkins and co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He was a guest at the fourth D conference in 2006 and was a key legislative figure who shepherded and helped secure funding for the ARPA program and other technological advancements that eventually evolved into the modern Internet.
Schiller reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chairman Steve Jobs, and is part of the overall executive team that delivers on Apple's creative vision. He handles both product and business marketing as well as developer relations, and has been with Apple for 17 years. Schiller is one of the few top executives who routinely handles some portion (or in some cases, all) of Apple's keynote presentations.
Other speakers at the conference -- the first expansion of the expo outside the U.S. -- include Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Alibaba Group leader Jack Ma, head of Google's Android division Andy Rubin, Samsung Mobile CEO Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, HTC CEO Peter Chou, Nvidia founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Twitter inventor and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, Google+ leader Bradley Horowitz, Microsoft Windows Phone head Andy Less, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih and Sony President Kaz Hirai, among many others.
The conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. Registration is limited and standard admission to the event costs $3,500, not including transportation or hotel costs.