DISH Network Promotes COO Erik Carlson To Succeed Charlie Ergen As CEO

Charlie Ergen attends the Google's annual developers conference in San Francisco California

Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.

Carlson, most recently president and COO, will continue to report to Ergen, who now turns his focus to his emerging wireless business amid growing convergence and a battle between pay TV and phone companies for on-the-go consumers.

He'll stay as Chairman, and the company's promoting Erik Carlson to president/CEO from his previous post as president and chief operating officer.

Ergen's resignation comes as shares of Dish have fallen almost 11% this year as the company continues to bleed pay-TV subscribers. Brian Neylon will serve as Group President of Dish TV, in addition to his current duties of head of customer acquisition and retention, andWarren Schlichting, formerly EVP of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales, will become Group President for Sling TV.


Vivek Khemka will act as CTO, heading Dish Technologies. Scott will serve as an EVP and will join Dish's management committee in February, reporting to Carlson.

Each of the above will report directly to Carlson, as will EVP and general counsel Tim Messner, SVP and chief financial officer Steve Swain, and Corporate Communications vice president Robert Toevs.

Under the new structure Ergen's direct reports also include Corporate Development executive vice president Tom Cullen, Strategic Planning EVP Bernie Han, and Public Policy and Government Affairs senior vice president Jeff Blum.

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