DISH Announces New Leadership Assignments, Promotions
COO Han named EVP, Strategic Planning
Operations EVP Carlson named President, COO
SVP Orban named Chief Accounting Officer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced a series of
senior management changes intended to fulfill the company's strategic
goals and align its business to more fully respond to the dynamic pay-TV
DISH veteran of 20 years and EVP of Operations, Erik Carlson, has been
named President and Chief Operating Officer. Carlson will supervise all
DISH revenue-generating, operating and administrative units, including
Customer Acquisition and Retention, Finance and Accounting, Human
Resources, Marketing, Media Sales, Programming, Operations and DISH's
newly formed Technology Office.
Current DISH COO and EVP Bernie Han was named EVP of Strategic Planning
and will continue reporting to DISH Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, who
is relinquishing the role of DISH President.
"Bernie's unparalleled depth as an operational and financial leader will
be indispensable as we advance our work on the strategic transformation
of DISH, including our entry into the wireless industry," said Ergen.
"Erik joined us just before our first satellite launch and has
consistently demonstrated remarkable leadership across his many
assignments throughout our business," said Ergen. "He has a clear vision
for how DISH will deliver the best customer experience and claim share
in our category."
Like Han, Carlson will report to Ergen, as will EVP of Corporate
Development Tom Cullen, EVP and General Counsel Stanton Dodge and Sling
TV CEO Roger Lynch.
The following individuals will report to Carlson:
Vivek Khemka: Khemka has been promoted to EVP and Chief
Technology Officer and formerly served as DISH's SVP of Product
Mike McClaskey: EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer
Brian Neylon: Neylon has been promoted to EVP of Customer
Acquisition and Retention and formerly served as DISH's SVP of Sales.
Warren Schlichting: Schlichting has been promoted to EVP of
Marketing, Programming, and Media Sales and formerly served DISH as
SVP of Programming and Media Sales.
Steve Swain: SVP and CFO
John Swieringa: Swieringa has been promoted and will assume
Carlson's role as EVP of Operations. Swieringa formerly served
as DISH's SVP and CIO.
Rob Dravenstott, who most recently served as DISH VP of IT Application
Development, has been promoted to SVP and CIO and will report to
Additionally, DISH has appointed Senior Vice President and Corporate
Controller Paul Orban, who reports to Swain, as Chief Accounting Officer.
Biographical information and photographs of DISH's leadership can be
About Erik Carlson
President and Chief Operating Officer
W. Erik Carlson is DISH's President and Chief Operating Officer,
overseeing the company's day-to-day operations including Human
Resources, Operations and Information Technologies, Media Sales,
Marketing, Programming, Product Management, Acquisition and Retention,
Finance and Accounting organizations.
A DISH veteran of nearly two decades, Erik has held numerous roles
throughout the company. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice
President of Operations. In this role, he oversaw DISH's In-Home
Services, Customer Service Centers, Customer Billing, and Information
Technologies organizations, as well as Manufacturing, which consists of
equipment retrieval and refurbishment operations. Prior to that, Erik
managed the company's indirect sales operations as Senior Vice President
of Retail Services and Sales.
Erik received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University. He
enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and their two children.
About Bernie Han
Executive Vice President, Strategic
Bernie Han serves as DISH's Executive Vice President of Strategic
Planning. He began his career in the pay-TV industry as Chief Financial
Officer at DISH in 2006. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating
Officer, overseeing the company's Finance, Marketing, Sales, Customer
Retention, Operations, Information Technologies, Product, Programming
and Media Sales organizations.
A 17-year veteran of the airline industry, he previously worked as Chief
Financial Officer at Northwest Airlines, and Chief Financial Officer and
Chief Marketing Officer at America West Airlines.
He received his Master of Business Administration, Master of Electrical
Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from Cornell University.
About Paul W. Orban
Senior Vice President and Chief
Paul W. Orban, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, is
responsible for all aspects of DISH's accounting department including
external financial reporting, technical accounting policy, income tax
accounting and internal controls. He has had key roles in significant
debt offerings, acquisitions and divestitures over the years including
the "spinoff" of Echostar Corporation ("Echostar") in 2008, which
created two independent, publicly traded companies: DISH Network
Corporation, which provides consumers with the highest quality
programming and technology in pay-TV, and Echostar, a premier global
provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. Following
the "spinoff," Paul was the Senior Vice President and Corporate
Controller for both DISH Network Corporation and Echostar Corporation
until 2012. Today, he remains Corporate Controller for DISH.
Paul joined DISH in 1996 as a Senior Manager of Accounting and was
responsible for all aspects of SEC external financial reporting. Prior
to his current position, he held various leadership positions with
increasing responsibility including Director of Accounting, Vice
President of Accounting and Senior Vice President and Corporate
Controller. Before joining DISH, Paul was an auditor at Arthur Anderson
LLP, where he was responsible for the audits of numerous companies
including many SEC registrants in the Denver area.
As a CPA, Paul is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public
Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He holds his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of
In his spare time, Paul enjoys boating, skiing, coaching and attending
sporting events with his significant other Barbara and their young
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides
approximately 13.909 million pay-TV subscribers, as of Sept. 30, 2015,
with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most
choices at the best value. DISH offers 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
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