Dish Network Corporation said it will shift the leadership of its over-the-top (OTT) service, Sling TV, into DISH President and Chief Operating Officer Erik Carlson’s portfolio. The move comes with the news that outgoing Sling TV CEO, Roger Lynch, will join Pandora as CEO. Management changes for Sling TV are effective Aug. 31.
“Erik is positioned to fully support and grow our enterprise’s portfolio, including our Sling TV asset, as we work to connect 100 percent of the country through satellite, OTT, wireless and even digital over-the-air offerings,” said Charlie Ergen, DISH Chairman and CEO.
“Our company has built incredible assets from satellite, broadband, and streaming technologies, to a fleet of in-home experts and software development. We will continue to leverage those assets to be tuned in to the needs of our customers.”
Carlson is a DISH veteran of over 20 years and oversees the company’s day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Operations and Information Technology, Media Sales, Marketing, Programming, Acquisition and Retention, Finance and Accounting organizations. Carlson will continue to report to Ergen.
“I want to thank Roger for his leadership over the past eight years, creating and defining the country’s first live OTT service,” said Ergen. “Roger built a fantastic team that will take Sling TV into the bright future ahead, and I wish Roger the best in his new endeavor.”
About Erik Carlson
W. Erik Carlson is DISH’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Operations and Information Technology, Media Sales, Marketing, Programming, Product Management, Acquisition and Retention, Finance and Accounting organizations.
A DISH veteran of more than two decades, Erik has held numerous roles throughout the company. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations. In this role, he oversaw DISH’s In-Home Services, Customer Service Centers, Customer Billing, and Information Technology organizations, as well as Manufacturing, which consists of equipment retrieval and refurbishment operations. Prior to that, Erik managed the company’s indirect sales operations as Senior Vice President of Retail Services and Sales.
Erik received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and their two children.