Exciting to see Charlie coming back with all hands on deck!
It’s always been Charlie Ergen’s company — he controls 81.9% of the voting shares — but now he’ll be more hands-on as Dish Network morphs into something more than a satellite provider. Consumer electronics industry vet Joe Clayton will retire as CEO at the end of March, to be replaced by Chairman Ergen, Dish says today.
Clayton “has set the stage for what will become a new company, and with that he has prepared a new class of management to address the adventures coming our way,” Ergen said in a statement this morning.
Clayton, who became CEO in 2011, was at the center of often controversial developments including Dish’s launch of the ad-zapping Hopper DVR, the recent introduction of the Sling TV streaming service, and contract battles with programmers including Time Warner, CBS, and Fox. The company also bought, and then closed, the Blockbuster video chain.
Ergen has been amassing…
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