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DISH Network Corp (DISH.OQ)

DISH.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Ergen

67 2017 Executive Chairman of the Board

W. Erik Carlson

50 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer

Paul Orban

51 2019 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Michael Schwimmer

56 2020 Group President, SLING TV

John Swieringa

42 2020 Group President - Retail Wireless, Chief Operating Officer

David Scott

46 2018 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President

Timothy Messner

45 2017 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

James DeFranco

67 2009 Executive Vice President, Director

Jeff Blum

2020 Executive Vice President - External and Legislative Affairs

Stephen Bye

52 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Thomas Cullen

60 2011 Executive Vice President - Corporate Development

Dave Mayo

2020 Executive Vice President, Network Development

Jeffrey McSchooler

53 2018 Executive Vice President, Wireless Operations

Brian Neylon

54 2017 Executive Vice President, Group President, DISH TV

Marc Rouanne

57 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Network Officer

Cantey Ergen

64 2001 Director and Senior Advisor

Carl Vogel

62 2009 Director and Senior Advisor

Kathleen Abernathy

63 2019 Independent Director

George Brokaw

52 2013 Independent Director

Afshin Mohebbi

57 2014 Independent Director

Tom Ortolf

69 2005 Independent Director

Joseph Proietti

38 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Ergen

Mr. Charles W. Ergen serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. During the past five years, Mr. Ergen has held various executive officer and director positions with DISH Network and our subsidiaries including the position of President, which he most recently held from March 2015 to December 2015, and Chief Executive Officer, which he held most recently from March 2015 to December 2017. During 1980, Mr. Ergen co-founded DISH Network with his future spouse, Cantey M. Ergen, and James DeFranco. Mr. Ergen also serves as executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EchoStar Corporation (“EchoStar”). The Board concluded that Mr. Ergen should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his role as our co-founder and controlling shareholder and the expertise, leadership and strategic direction that he has contributed to us since our formation.

W. Erik Carlson

Mr. W. Erik Carlson serves as President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Carlson has served as DISH Network’s President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2017 and oversees all aspects of the company’s DISH TV and Sling TV businesses. Mr. Carlson is a DISH Network veteran of more than two decades, and has held numerous roles throughout the company. Most recently, Mr. Carlson served as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Carlson oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Operations and Information Technology, Media Sales, Marketing, Programming, Product Management, Acquisition and Retention, and Finance and Accounting organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Carlson managed DISH Network’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. Mr. Carlson also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Services and Sales where he managed the company’s indirect sales operations.

Paul Orban

Mr. Paul W. Orban CPA serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Orban has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since December 2015 and Principal Financial Officer since August 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of our accounting and tax departments including external financial reporting, technical accounting policy, income tax accounting and compliance and internal controls for DISH Network. Mr. Orban served as our Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from September 2006 to December 2015 and as our Vice President and Corporate Controller from September 2003 to September 2006. He also served as EchoStar’s Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2008 to 2012 pursuant to a management services agreement between DISH Network and EchoStar. Since joining DISH Network in 1996, Mr. Orban has held various positions of increasing responsibility in our accounting department. Prior to DISH Network, Mr. Orban was an auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP.

Michael Schwimmer

Mr. Michael Schwimmer serves as Group President, SLING TV of the Company. During his career at DISH, which began in 1996, Michael led the company's Marketing, Programming and Media Sales organizations and played a key role in launching the DISH International and DishLATINO brands. In addition to his work on SLING TV's international business, his over-the-top expertise was honed at Fuse Media, where he served as President and CEO. In his new role, Michael will be responsible for all aspects of the SLING TV business. He has also assumed responsibility for DISH Media Sales. Kevin Arrix, SVP, DISH Media Sales, will now report to Michael, and will continue to be responsible for the company's advertising sales, analytics and operations.

John Swieringa

Mr. John W. Swieringa serves as Group President - Retail Wireless, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. John Swieringa, DISH's COO since December 2017, will add to his responsibilities as the new Group President, Retail Wireless. John will be responsible for DISH's retail wireless business, including strategy, operations and sales, in addition to his duties as COO, overseeing the company's customer experience operations, IT and billing & credit functions.

David Scott

Mr. David A. Scott serves as Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He is responsible for the recruiting, benefits administration, compensation, and leadership and organizational development for DISH Network and its subsidiaries. Prior to DISH Network, Mr. Scott held various positions at Walmart Inc. from 1997 to 2018, including, among others, Senior Vice President, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness from 2016 to 2018, Senior Vice President, Human Resources from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President, Human Resources from 2011 to 2014.

Timothy Messner

Mr. Timothy A. Messner serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Mr. Messner has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel since November 2017 and is responsible for all legal affairs for DISH Network and its subsidiaries. Since joining DISH Network in August 2004, Mr. Messner has held various positions of increasing responsibility in DISH Network’s legal department. Most recently, Mr. Messner served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for DISH Network.

James DeFranco

Mr. James DeFranco serves as Executive Vice President, Director of the Company. Mr. DeFranco is one of our Executive Vice Presidents and has been one of our vice presidents and a member of the Board of Directors since our formation. During the past five years he has held various executive officer and director positions with DISH Network and our subsidiaries. During 1980, Mr. DeFranco co-founded DISH Network with Charles W. Ergen and Cantey M. Ergen. The Board concluded that Mr. DeFranco should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his knowledge of DISH Network since its formation, particularly in sales and marketing.

Jeff Blum

Mr. Jeff Blum serves as Executive Vice President - External and Legislative Affairs of the Company. Jeff has been with DISH for nearly 15 years and oversees state and federal government relations from the company's Washington, D.C. office. He has played an integral role in DISH's wireless journey, from spectrum acquisitions and regulatory affairs to his most recent work with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission related to DISH's role in the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.

Stephen Bye

Mr. Stephen Bye serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Before joining DISH Network, Mr. Bye served as Chief Executive Officer of Connectivity Wireless, a provider of carrier-grade in-building wireless solutions from February 2019 to December 2019 and as the President of C Spire from January 2017 to February 2019 with responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the company and its three lines of business: wireless, fiber to the home services, and enterprise business services. Prior to becoming President of C Spire, Mr. Bye was the Chief Technology Officer from November 2015 to October 2016 leading the organization’s development and testing of its early 5G wireless solutions and he was the Chief Technology Officer of Sprint from March 2011 to July 2015. In addition, Mr. Bye has held a range of executive positions at Cox Communications, AT&T, BellSouth International, Optus Communications and Telstra.

Thomas Cullen

Mr. Thomas A. Cullen serves as Executive Vice President - Corporate Development of the Company. Mr. Cullen previously served as our Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Programming from April 2009 to July 2011 and as our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development from December 2006 to April 2009. Before joining DISH Network, Mr. Cullen held various executive positions in the telecommunications, cable and wireless industries.

Dave Mayo

Mr. Dave Mayo serves as Executive Vice President, Network Development of the Company. He joins DISH as of June 1, bringing more than 25 years of wireless industry experience spanning network strategy, planning and implementation, development, financial analysis, operations, strategic transactions, vendor management and most recently, 5G, IoT and fixed wireless. Dave reports to DISH Co-Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen.

Jeffrey McSchooler

Mr. Jeffrey L. McSchooler serves as Executive Vice President, Wireless Operations of the Company. He is responsible for all engineering and broadcast operations for DISH Network. Mr. McSchooler previously served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for EchoStar from May 2010 to February 2017. Mr. McSchooler joined DISH Network in 1994 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility at DISH Network and EchoStar. Before joining DISH Network, Mr. McSchooler held various positions at GTE Spacenet Corporation, ElectroSpace Systems Inc. and the United States Air Force.

Brian Neylon

Mr. Brian V. Neylon serves as Executive Vice President, Group President, DISH TV of the Company. Mr. Neylon served as Executive Vice President, Customer Acquisition and Retention from December 2015 to December 2017 and as our Senior Vice President of Sales from June 2011 to December 2015. Since first joining DISH Network in September 1991, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility within various sales and distribution teams.

Marc Rouanne

Dr. Marc Rouanne Ph.D. serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Network Officer of the Company. Mr. Rouanne has more than 20 years of international management experience in the telecommunications industry, having held executive positions in R&D, customer operations and product management in the U.S., France and Finland. He has managed industry-leading businesses developing 2G-5G radios, core, handsets, submarine cables, RF ancillaries and microwave transport. Mr. Rouanne is an entrepreneur and the founder of Dhatim, an AI software company, and has served as its chairman of board since April 2008. He has also held executive positions with Nokia, including President of Mobile Networks from May 2017 to November 2018 and Chief Innovation and Operating Officer of Nokia from January 2016 to April 2017 and chairman of the board of Alcatel-Lucent from June 2016 to November 2016. Under his leadership, Nokia was the first large telecommunications vendor to join groups such as the Telecom Infra Project (“TIP”), xRAN Forum and the O-RAN Alliance.

Cantey Ergen

Mrs. Cantey M. Ergen serves as Director and Senior Advisor of the Company. Mrs. Ergen has served on the Board since May 2001, is currently a Senior Advisor to us and has had a variety of operational responsibilities with us since our formation. Mrs. Ergen served as a member of the board of trustees of Children’s Hospital Colorado from 2001 to 2012, and is now an honorary lifetime member. Mrs. Ergen has also served on the board of trustees of Wake Forest University since 2009. During 1980, Mrs. Ergen co-founded DISH Network with her future spouse, Charles W. Ergen, and James DeFranco. The Board concluded that Mrs. Ergen should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to her knowledge of DISH Network since its inception and her service to us in a multitude of roles over the years.

Carl Vogel

Mr. Carl E. Vogel CPA serves as Director and Senior Advisor of the Company. Mr. Vogel is also a private investor as well as a senior advisor to KKR & Co. L.P. He served as our President from September 2006 to February 2008 and served as our Vice Chairman from June 2005 to March 2009. From October 2007 to March 2009, Mr. Vogel served as the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of, and as a Senior Advisor to, EchoStar. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Vogel served as the President and CEO of Charter, a publicly-traded company providing cable television and broadband services to approximately six million customers. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Vogel worked as an executive officer in various capacities for companies affiliated with Liberty Media Corporation from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Vogel was one of our executive officers from 1994 to 1997, including serving as our President from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Vogel is also currently serving on the boards of directors of Shaw Communications Inc. (which he joined in 2006), Universal Electronics, Inc. (which he joined in 2009), Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (which he joined in 2011) and AMC Networks Inc. (which he joined in 2013). The Board concluded that Mr. Vogel should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his knowledge of DISH Network from his service as a director and officer and his experience in the telecommunications and related industries from his service over the years as a director or officer with a number of different companies in those industries.

Kathleen Abernathy

Ms. Kathleen Quinn Abernathy J.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Abernathy currently serves on the Board of Directors of various private and non-profit companies and organizations. Ms. Abernathy served as Executive Vice President, External Affairs for Frontier Communications Inc. (“Frontier”) from March 2010 through April 2017 as well as Chief Legal Officer from 2010 through 2013. Prior to that time, Ms. Abernathy served as a member of the Board of Directors of Frontier from 2005 through 2010 and as a partner for various law firms providing policy and regulatory services for various clients in the telecommunications industry. Ms. Abernathy also served as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 through 2005. Previously, Ms. Abernathy held positions with various companies and law firms related to the telecommunications industry. The Board has determined that Ms. Abernathy meets the independence requirements of NASDAQ and SEC rules and regulations. The Board concluded that Ms. Abernathy should serve as a member of the Board due to, among other things, her regulatory and managerial experience in the telecommunications and related industries, acquired, in part, during her tenure with Frontier and the FCC.

George Brokaw

Mr. George R. Brokaw J.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He is a member of our Audit Committee and Nominating Committee. Mr. Brokaw is currently a Managing Partner of the investment firm Trafelet Brokaw & Co., LLC. Until September 30, 2013, Mr. Brokaw served as Managing Director of the Highbridge Growth Equity Fund at Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC (“Highbridge”). Prior to joining Highbridge in 2012, Mr. Brokaw was a Managing Partner and Head of Private Equity at Perry Capital, L.L.C. (“Perry”). Prior to joining Perry, Mr. Brokaw was Managing Director (Mergers & Acquisitions) of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC (“Lazard”) from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Brokaw joined the board of directors of Alico, Inc. in November 2013 and continues to serve in that role. Mr. Brokaw previously served on the board of directors of North American Energy Partners Inc. from 2006 to 2013 and the board of directors of Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation from 2014 to 2016. The Board has determined that Mr. Brokaw meets the independence requirements of NASDAQ and SEC rules and regulations. The Board concluded that Mr. Brokaw should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his financial experience, acquired, in part, during his tenure with Highbridge, Perry and Lazard. Mr. Brokaw received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Brokaw is a member of the New York Bar.

Afshin Mohebbi

Mr. Afshin Mohebbi serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Mohebbi is a private investor and advisor to public and private companies. Mr. Mohebbi has been a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital since March 2003. Prior to TPG Capital, Mr. Mohebbi was President and Chief Operating Officer of Qwest Communications International, Inc. (“Qwest”) from April 2001 to December 2002. From July 2000 to April 2001, Mr. Mohebbi served as President, Worldwide Operations of Qwest. From June 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Mohebbi served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Qwest prior to its merger with US WEST, Inc. Before joining Qwest, Mr. Mohebbi served as President and managing director of the United Kingdom Markets for British Telecom and was a member of its management board from 1997 to 1999. Prior to British Telecom, Mr. Mohebbi served as Vice President-Marketing for SBC Communications, Inc., following its acquisition of Pacific Bell in 1997. Mr. Mohebbi began his career with Pacific Bell in 1983, where he held a variety of positions, including Vice President-Business Markets. Mr. Mohebbi previously served on the board of directors of Hanaro Telecom Incorporated from 2005 to 2007 and the board of directors of BearingPoint, Inc. from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Mohebbi currently serves on the board of directors of Digital Realty Trust, Inc., which he joined in 2016. Mr. Mohebbi also serves on the boards of directors of several private companies. The Board has determined that Mr. Mohebbi meets the independence requirements of NASDAQ and SEC rules and regulations. The Board concluded that Mr. Mohebbi should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his financial and managerial experience in the telecommunications and related industries, acquired, in part, during his tenure with TPG Capital and Qwest.

Tom Ortolf

Mr. Tom A. Ortolf serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ortolf has been the President of CMC, a privately held investment management firm, for over twenty years. The Board has determined that Mr. Ortolf meets the independence requirements of NASDAQ and SEC rules and regulations. Mr. Ortolf has also served as a member of the board of directors of EchoStar since its formation in October 2007. The Board concluded that Mr. Ortolf should continue to serve on the Board due, among other things, to his knowledge of DISH Network from his service as a director since 2005 and his expertise in finance, business, and risk management, in particular in light of his experience as an executive with CMC.

Joseph Proietti

Mr. Joseph T. Proietti serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Proietti is the founder and president of BNP, a consolidated investment firm where he oversees direct investments, business operations, and real estate development. Mr. Proietti has spent his career focused on driving economic development and quality of life for communities across the country. He previously served as part of the international tax department at KPMG LLP. Mr. Proietti earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and law degrees from the University of Baltimore and the University of Denver. The Board determined that Mr. Proietti meets the independence requirements of NASDAQ and SEC rules and regulations. The Board concluded Mr. Proietti should serve as a member of the Board due to, among other things, his financial, investment and managerial experience, acquired, in part, during his tenure with BNP.