Dish's Ergen steps aside as CEO to lead new mobile business

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 15:46 CET | News

Charlie Ergen, the co-founder and owner of US pay-TV provider Dish Network, is stepping down as CEO of the company in order to focus on developing Dish's wireless business. COO Erik Carlson, a 20-year veteran of the company, has been promoted to the role of CEO and will continue to report to Ergen.  

Dish also announced a new group structure under Carlson, organising its business around the three activities Dish TV (satellite pay-TV), Sling TV (OTT TV) and the company's wireless business. Brian Neylon will serve as Group President of Dish TV, in addition to his current duties of head of customer acquisition and retention, and Warren Schlichting, formerly EVP of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales, will become Group President for Sling TV. Schlichting also will retain oversight of the Dish Media Sales and Programming departments.

EVP John Swieringa will succeed Carlson as COO and oversee all operational departments supporting the Dish TV, Sling TV and Wireless groups, including the company's customer support centres, its in-home installation workforce and the IT department.

Vivek Khemka will act as CTO, heading Dish Technologies. This organization supports all three business units and is responsible for technology strategy, product management, engineering, product development, supply chain management, broadcast operations and OTT delivery. 

In addition to restructuring the current executive team, the company has appointed Walmart veteran David Scott to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer. Scott will serve as an EVP and will join Dish's management committee in February, reporting to Carlson. 

Tim Messner, EVP and General Counsel; CFO Steve Swain; and Robert Toevs, VP, Corporate Communications, also will report to Carlson. 

In addition to Carlson, Ergen's direct reports will include Tom Cullen, EVP, Corporate Development; Bernie Han, EVP, Strategic Planning; and Jeff Blum, SVP, Public Policy and Government Affairs. 

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