Charlie Ergen Hands Off Dish Network President Title to Erik Carlson

Among big senior management changes, Bernie Han adds Strategic Planning EVP-level oversight to his duties

Last Updated: December 11, 2015 @ 10:29 AM

Charlie Ergen is giving up his President title — and the day-to-day operational control that comes with it — at Dish Network. Both will go to the promoted Erik Carlson, while Ergen maintains his roles as CEO and chairman.

As such, 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 the company’s newly formed Technology Office.

“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.”

Company co-founder Ergen took back the president and CEO monikers this spring when Joe Clayton retired.

Ex-SVP and now-former CIO John Swieringa has also been promoted and will assume Carlson’s role as executive vice president of Operations. He’ll report to Carlson.

Additionally, Dish COO and EVP President Bernie Han will add Strategic Planning to his executive vice president-level oversight. He’ll continue reporting to Ergen, as will Carlson, Corporate Development EVP Tom Cullen, EVP and General Counsel Stanton Dodge and Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch.

“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,” Ergen said on Han.

Additionally, former Dish SVP of Product Management Vivek Khemka has been promoted to executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Brian Neylon, formerly Dish’s SVP of Sales, has been upped to executive vice president of Customer Acquisition and Retention.

SVP of Programming and Media Sales Warren Schlichting is now executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales.

Khemka, Neylon, Schlichting, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Mike McClaskey, and SVP/CFO Steve Swain will all report to Carlson now.

Rob Dravenstott, who most recently served as Dish vice president of IT Application Development, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer, and will report to Swieringa.

Finally, Dish has appointed Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller Paul Orban, who reports to Swain, as chief accounting officer.

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