CEO changes at DirecTV, EchoStar

Michael White, Michael Dugan to head satellite firms

A shake-up in the satellite television executive ranks Wednesday includes a permanent replacement for Chase Carey at DirecTV and has Charles Ergen stepping aside at EchoStar.

Ergen will remain chairman of EchoStar, the satellite and set-top-box technology company, but Michael Dugan will come out of retirement to become president and CEO.

Dugan was COO of EchoStar five years ago, before EchoStar and Dish Network split into two companies. Ergen, who had run both, remains chairman, president and CEO at Dish.

DirecTV, meanwhile, hired Michael White, PepsiCo's head of international business, to replace Larry Hunter, who has been interim CEO since Carey quit to take the No. 2 spot at News Corp. in the wake of Peter Chernin's departure.

White, a 19-year Pepsi veteran, becomes CEO of DirecTV on Jan. 1. By then, DirecTV might complete its planned spinoff from Liberty Media. That transaction will combine DirecTV, Game Show Network, online-gaming entity Fun Technologies and several regional sports networks into a single company.

"We have found an exceptional leader with a sustained track record of success, profitably growing businesses and a reputation for making the impossible possible," DirecTV chairman and Liberty Media founder John Malone said.