In another management shuffle, Dish Network announced Tuesday that its chairman and founder Charlie Ergen is relinquishing his role as chief executive officer. Ergen, who owns 52% of the company, will instead now be focused on Dish's long-standing plans to jump into the wireless sector. Several other executives also gained new job titles as Dish sectioned off its different services in groups.
The company has accumulated wireless spectrum for several years and in several FCC auctions; most recently, it spent $6.2 billion last spring in the TV broadcast auction.
Ergen hinted Dish is planning to make news on this soon. Carlson will continue to report to Ergen.
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.
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Sources have indicated that Martin, who led the Vols to a national championship in 1998, would accept the position if offered. He went on to coach at Nebraska, the Carolina Panthers, and Baylor before he coached at Florida State and Alabama .
"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.
Erik Carlson, president and chief operating officer, will take over as CEO but will continue to report to Ergen, the USA satellite and internet TV provider said. But then Ergen returned as CEO three years later following Clayton's retirement in March 2015. 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.
Executive vice president John Swieringa will be the new COO. EVP and chief technology officer Vivek Khemka also joins Carlson's leadership team. He will retain oversight of the Dish Media Sales and programming departments.