Erik Carlson is DISH’s President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all aspects of the company’s DISH TV and Sling TV businesses.
A DISH veteran since 1995, Erik has held numerous roles throughout the company. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Operations, Information Technology, Media Sales, Marketing, Programming, Product Management, Customer Acquisition and Retention, Finance, and Accounting.
Prior to that, Erik managed 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. Erik also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Services and Sales, where he managed the company’s indirect sales operations.
Erik received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and their two children.
Dish Network (branded as "dish") is an American direct-broadcast satellite service provider. The company provides satellite television, satellite internet, audio programming, and interactive television services to commercial and residential customers in the United States. As of August 2015, the company provided services to 13.93 million television and 595,000 broadband subscribers. The company has approximately 19,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood is used in the corporate mailing address.
In January 2008, Dish Network was spun off from EchoStar, its former parent company, which was founded by Charlie Ergen as a satellite television equipment distributor in 1980. The company began using Dish Network as its consumer brand in March 1996, after the successful launch of its first satellite, EchoStar I, in December 1995. That launch marked the beginning of its subscription television services, and EchoStar has since launched numerous satellites, with nine owned and leased satellites in its fleet as of January 2013. EchoStar continues to be the primary technology partner to Dish Network.