Industry Legend Jack Wayman Dies at 92
Jack Wayman, the founder of International CES and a major figure in the consumer electronics industry across six decades, has died at the age of 92, the Consumer Electronics Association announced Tuesday morning.
Wayman was an early leader of the associations that would become CEA, becoming the first director of the EIA Consumer Products Division in 1963. In that capacity, Wayman helped create the first CES, in 1967. He also helped guide CEA to several major political and judicial victories, including the pivotal Sony/Betamax case in the early 1980s.
“The consumer electronics industry has lost a legend and, more personally, I have lost a great friend and mentor,” Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“Jack’s contributions to our association and our industry are numerous and momentous. We stand on his shoulders. From leading the creation of the association that eventually became CEA to founding the International CES to leading the fight for critical legislative and public policy victories that helped drive industry growth, Jack truly was one of the fathers of the contemporary CE industry. His passion for and dedication to our industry inspired us all. We join the entire CE family in expressing our condolences to his family and friends.”
A decorated World War II veteran, Wayman is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A small memorial service will be held Friday at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colo. A memorial website will be launched at CE.org.
Donations may be made in Wayman’s memory to Davidson College and the CEA Foundation.