DISH Network President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton to Retire March 31, 2015
DISH Founder and Chairman Charles W. Ergen to assume role as
President and Chief Executive Officer
Clayton also to retire from DISH Board of Directors
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced that President
and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Clayton will retire from his
position effective March 31, 2015. Clayton, who is a 42-year veteran of
the consumer electronics industry, leaves the post he assumed in June of
2011. Clayton's retirement from the DISH Board of Directors also will be
effective March 31.
Joseph P. Clayton (Photo: Business Wire)
DISH Co-founder and Chairman Charles W. Ergen, who has previously served
as DISH's President and CEO, will succeed Clayton in those roles.
"Over the last four years, Joe's leadership has been instrumental to
DISH as we have worked to engineer a fundamental transformation of our
business," said Ergen. "He has set the stage for what will become a new
company, and with that he has prepared a new class of management to
address the adventures coming our way."
"This team has done what it said it would - our operations are stronger,
our leadership is deeper, our outlook is as positive as it ever has
been," said Clayton. "We were able to launch the Hopper, dishNet and
Sling TV, navigate two spectrum auctions and deliver for our customers
throughout. All of it was with great success - I am proud to have served
with such a remarkable team."
Ergen's direct reports will include EVP/COO Bernie Han, EVP/General
Counsel Stanton Dodge, EVP/CHRO Mike McClaskey, EVP/Head of Corporate
Development Tom Cullen and Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch.
About Joseph P. Clayton
Prior to his appointment at DISH, Clayton served as chairman of Sirius
Satellite Radio Inc., from November 2004 through July 2008 and served as
chief executive officer of Sirius from November 2001 through November
2004. Before joining Sirius, Clayton served as president of Global
Crossing North America, as president and chief executive officer of
Frontier Corporation and as executive vice president of Marketing and
Sales for the Americas and Asia of Thomson S.A.
Clayton has received numerous accolades throughout his career including
Bellarmine University Alumni of the Year in 1996, and induction into
both the Indiana University School of Business and Consumer Electronics
Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was a four-year member of the EchoStar Corporation Board of Directors
and a former Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association.
Currently, Clayton is a Trustee for Bellarmine University in Kentucky
where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business
Administration. He earned his Master of Business Administration in
Marketing and Management from Indiana University where he sits on the
Dean's Advisory Board for the Indiana School of Business.
A man of many interests, Clayton has won the International Bluegrass
Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and has traveled
throughout the world. In his downtime, he enjoys watching Kentucky
basketball, hunting and spending time with his family.
About Charles W. Ergen
Charlie Ergen co-founded DISH more than 30 years ago and currently acts
as Chairman of both DISH and EchoStar. In June 2011, he stepped down
from his role as President and CEO of DISH to focus on long-term
business development and acquisition tactics in an effort to reach new
markets, expand product and service offerings and bolster the company's
A prominent leader in the satellite and telecommunications industries,
Ergen has received numerous accolades for his renowned career as a
brilliant entrepreneur. Most recently, he was among the 2012 class of
inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, and was named one
of Barron's "World's Best CEOs" and listed among Forbes "Top 10
CEOs" in 2007. In 2001, Ergen was honored as Frost & Sullivan's "CEO of
the Year in the Satellite Industry" award, and became the first person
to win the Rocky Mountain News "Business Person of the Year" for
the second time. Instrumental in the fight to allow American consumers
access to local channels via satellite, he helped secure the passage of
the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act in 1999 and was co-founder of
the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association.
Ergen received his Bachelor of Science in General Business and
Accounting from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Business
Administration from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake
An avid mountain climber and member of the Colorado Mountain Club, Ergen
has climbed all of the state's 14 thousand foot peaks, scaled Mount
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and the Mount
Everest base camp in Nepal. He enjoys spending time with Candy, his wife
of more than 30 years and co-founder of DISH, and their five children.
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides
approximately 13.978 million pay-TV subscribers, as of Dec. 31, 2014,
with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most
choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up
with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international
channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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