Dish's Charlie Ergen Relinquishes President Title

Charlie Ergen - H 2015
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Charlie Ergen - H 2015

Company veteran Erik Carlson becomes president and COO, with Ergen remaining chairman and CEO.

Dish Network on Friday unveiled senior management changes that it said were "intended to fulfill the company's strategic goals and align its business to more fully respond to the dynamic pay TV environment."

Dish veteran Erik Carlson, currently executive vp operations, has been named president and COO. Carlson will supervise all 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.

Current Dish COO and executive vp Bernie Han was named executive vp strategic planning and will continue reporting to Dish chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, who is relinquishing the role of president.

Ergen took on added titles earlier in the year when Joseph Clayton announced his retirement from his role as president and CEO. Ergen stepped back from day-to-day operating duties a few years ago to take on a bigger-picture strategic planning role, while continuing to hold clear voting control over the company and controlling its direction.

“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. He has a clear vision for how Dish will deliver the best customer experience and claim share in our category.”

Carlson has worked for the company for 20 years.

Reporting to Ergen will be Han, Carlson, executive vp corporate development Tom Cullen, executive vp and general counsel Stanton Dodge and Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch.