W. Erik Carlson

Years in Cable: 21 years

Education: Bradley University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Loyal

A good leader understands what all stakeholders need, and perhaps more importantly, what they want. Carlson’s in-depth knowledge of all facets of DISH’s operations is at the core of the company’s on-going success. He knows what customers want, and why they don’t always believe offers from pay TV providers, so he’s committed to offering more package choices and control. Helping him achieve this mission are Khemka and Schlichting. Khemka’s forward-thinking vision allows him to develop new products and improve existing ones—as he did with DISH’s signature service the Hopper, which earned his team several industry accolades. Likewise, Schlichting uses his ability to see how things like DISH’s Flex Pack can build consumer trust now and in the future. These executives and their innovative thinking continue to challenge the status quo of the pay TV industry.


What inspires you most about this industry? Shifting consumer preferences and expectations have altered the pay TV landscape. As an industry, we’re steering into the change and the opportunity for innovation it creates.

The best thing about fast broadband is… The kids don’t complain.

What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Energy, intelligence and need to achieve

How do you celebrate your birthday? Vail with my family and friends.

How long is your morning commute? 15 minutes.

Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? “Pink Panther”

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Après ski or date night.

New favorite binge: “The Blacklist”

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