Years in Cable: 8

Education: Indian Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Innovator

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.


The biggest innovation in cable over the last year? While not perfect, the biggest innovation in pay TV over the past year is the progress of OTT services like Sling TV that reduce consumer pain points—purchase, install, setup and use. No single product has addressed so many pain points at one time.

The best thing about fast broadband is… Netflix

Three years from now, what do you hope has been invented? Devices that never need to be charged—smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, headphones.

How do you celebrate your birthday? Dinner with my family.

What product or service could you not live without? My smartphone.

How long is your morning commute? Perfect commute – 12 minutes.

Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? “Calvin & Hobbes”

What does the future look like for skinny bundles and flexible packaging? Consumers want more choice and control. Skinny bundles and flexible packaging is one to solve for that.

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Glass of wine and movie night with the kids at home.

New favorite binge: “Jessica Jones” – maybe not so new but new to me.

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