Charlie Ergen is stepping down as CEO of DISH in order to focus on the company’s emerging wireless business, with Erik Carlson promoted to president and CEO.
Carlson moves up from his prior role as president and COO. He will continue to report to Ergen.
“With more than 20 years’ experience at DISH, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both DISH TV and Sling TV possess,” said Ergen. “I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organizational structure will deliver value for DISH TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”
Executives reporting to Carlson include Brian Neylon, who will serve as executive VP, group president of DISH TV; Warren Schlichting, who will serve as executive VP, group president of Sling TV; John Swieringa, who becomes COO for DISH; and Vivek Khemka, executive VP and chief technology officer.
In addition to restructuring the current executive team, the company has appointed Walmart veteran and human resources executive David Scott to the role of chief human resources officer. Tim Messner, executive VP and general counsel; Steve Swain, senior VP and chief financial officer; and Robert Toevs, VP of corporate communications, will report to Carlson.