EVP, External & Legislative Affairs

Jeff Blum

Updated 10/25/2021

 

Jeff Blum serves as DISH’s Executive Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs, overseeing public policy, regulatory and government affairs in Washington, D.C. He has been with DISH since 2005. Before coming to DISH, Jeff was a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where his practice focused on copyright, First Amendment and anti-piracy litigation. At Davis Wright Tremaine, Jeff co-represented a class of songwriters and music publishers in the Grokster P2P file sharing case, which was decided by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Jeff’s clients. The Grokster decision established a new basis for secondary copyright liability called "inducement liability."

From 2003 to 2005, Jeff was a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Journalism where he taught media law. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Joseph Tauro of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA). Jeff also serves on the board of INCOMPAS, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), and the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). Jeff graduated summa cum laude and first in his class at Boston University School of Law, where he was a Note Editor of the Boston University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics. He makes his home in Arlington, Virginia with his partner, Rachel, and two daughters, Jia and Amelia.

 

EVP, Chief Commercial Officer

Stephen Bye

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of DISH’s facilities-based wireless network business, Stephen’s responsibilities include wholesale and enterprise services, business development, product management, service integration and partner management. He brings to DISH three decades of experience across wireless, cable and wireline providers in the U.S. and several other countries. A seasoned senior executive, Stephen has experience in technology and network development, network operations and deployment, engineering, IT, sales and marketing, as well as corporate strategy and M&A. Prior to DISH, Stephen was CEO of Connectivity Wireless, a provider of carrier-grade, in-building neutral host wireless solutions.


Before that, he served as the President of C Spire, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. During his tenure, C Spire garnered industry-leading Net Promoter Scores (NPS) across all three lines of business: wireless, fiber to the home services and enterprise business services. Previously, Stephen served as CTO of Sprint during the transition and upgrade from three operationally-disparate networks to an LTE-based network. Additionally, he has held a range of executive positions at Cox Communications, AT&T, BellSouth International, Optus Communications and Telstra. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Hons.) in electrical engineering from the University of Tasmania (Australia) and a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in banking and finance from the London School of Economics (UK). He is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Before his career in telecom, Stephen served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

 

EVP, Corporate Development

Tom Cullen

Updated 10/25/2021

 

Tom Cullen serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for DISH, overseeing the company's long-term strategic interests including new ventures, partner development and spectrum strategy. Tom has more than 39 years of experience in the telecom, cable, satellite and wireless sectors. Previously, he served in senior leadership roles at Charter Communications and MediaOne as well as two privately funded firms. Tom graduated from the University of Colorado with a master's degree in Business Administration and received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.

 

SVP, Chief Solutions Officer

In-Kyung Kim

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Senior Vice President and Chief Solutions Engineering Officer, Dr. In-Kyung Kim leads modem, module, and device engineering and development. He works with retail wireless and network teams to ensure the successful launch of all new devices supporting DISH customers. Prior to DISH, In-Kyung served as Senior Vice President at LG Electronics in South Korea for 15 years, where he was known by peers as the “Father of LTE.” He was responsible for mobile network technologies, as well as partnership programs with key industry players, and has led many challenging wireless device launches.

 

Previously, he was the Technical Director at Hughes Network Systems, overseeing the architecture, design and development of wireless broadband systems. His career began as a research engineer at the Biomedical Engineering Lab in the Seoul National University Hospital. In-Kyung holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering and a master's degree in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University. In-Kyung and his wife, Soonmee, enjoy running and hiking in the great Colorado outdoors and have two grown sons.

 

 

EVP, Network Development

Dave Mayo

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Executive Vice President, Network Development, Dave Mayo is responsible for DISH’s wireless buildout strategy and execution of the company’s aggressive deployment of the nation’s first standalone 5G network.  Prior to joining DISH, Dave served as Senior Vice President at T-Mobile USA, Inc., where he most recently led T-Mobile’s IoT business and founded the company’s fixed wireless business.

Prior to this role, he led the strategic, development and financial areas for T-Mobile’s network organization during more than two decades of explosive growth. He continually reengineered and reinvented the cost structure, led a network sharing joint venture between T-Mobile and Cingular in metropolitan New York City and California, negotiated key infrastructure agreements and led technical due diligence of key acquisitions. In this capacity, Dave had business management responsibility for approximately $10 billion in annual capital and operating costs and developed and drove key strategic network initiatives.  Dave also innovated and led the aggressive transformation of T-Mobile’s transport network to fiber which was foundational to T-Mobile’s multi-year “Fastest Network” claim, T-Mobile’s first ever nationwide, network-based marketing claim.  Prior to joining Western Wireless in 1996 (T-Mobile’s predecessor), Dave held financial management roles at US West Cellular and Flow International Corporation. He also worked for Price Waterhouse from 1983 to 1988.   Dave is a graduate of the University of Washington and is an avid skier and boater.  He and his wife Veronica have three grown children.

 

EVP, Wireless Network Operations

Jeff McSchooler

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Executive Vice President of Wireless Operations for DISH, Jeff McSchooler leads a team responsible for the operation of DISH’s national wireless network. Prior to his role in Wireless, Jeff was Executive Vice President of DISH Technologies, overseeing staff members located primarily at the company’s Denver-based corporate offices and six nationwide digital broadcast centers. Those technical teams are responsible for broadcasting and delivering DISH’s satellite television service, as well as various components of Fixed Satellite Services, IPTV, VOD and the incorporation of Sling Media technology.

Jeff is an industry veteran experienced in the architecture, design and sustaining of engineering systems. He has been granted several technical patents for his innovative efforts and continued dedication to his field. Jeff and his team received the 2014-15 Technology and Engineering Emmy award for Closed-loop Statistical Multiplexing of Geographically Distributed Encoders, which enable the delivery of local broadcast stations in HD to customers in those specific areas. Jeff’s background is in U.S. Air Force communications and Contel/GTE in Government Systems and GTE SpaceNet. He was on the team responsible for the implementation of ground station requirements for the launch of DISH’s satellite operations with the EchoStar I satellite in 1995 and the build-out of DISH’s uplink centers. Jeff has served on various executive advisory boards, regional Governor’s committees, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations throughout his career, including EchoStar’s annual Chairman’s Award.

 

EVP, Chief Network Officer

Marc Rouanne

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer for DISH’s wireless business, Marc is responsible for network architecture. Marc brings to DISH 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. He is an entrepreneur and the founder of Dhatim, an AI software company. He has held a variety of leadership roles at Nokia, including President of Mobile Networks and Chief Innovation and Operating Officer. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Alcatel-Lucent.

In his career, Marc has transformed large telecommunications businesses to achieve growth and profitability in competitive markets. He has a track record of effectively delivering complex technological initiatives with a cost competitive approach. Marc is an advocate of openness and decomposition of software in the telecom space, having pioneered Mobile Edge Cloud with NSN Liquid Net architecture. Under his leadership as Nokia COO, Nokia was the first large telco vendor to join TIP, xRAN, O-RAN, as well as other open initiatives including OCP and ONAP. His accomplishments include the May 2017 restructuring of Nokia’s Mobile Business Group, which accelerated the company’s 4G and 5G roadmaps, and led to increased customer satisfaction around services. He introduced collaboration and DevOps at scale inside the Nokia mobile software teams yielding improvements in quality and resulting in flagship 5G deals in the U.S., Japan and Korea.  Marc holds a doctorate in Information Theory from the University of Notre Dame (U.S.), an Engineering degree in Signal Processing from Centrale Supélec (France) and is a graduate of Université d’Orsay (France) with a concentration in Computer Science. He is a French citizen. In his spare time Marc enjoys sailing. He is married and has five children.

 

 

SVP, 5G Development and Integration

Satish Sharma

Updated 10/25/2021

 

As Senior Vice President of 5G Development & Integration, Satish Sharma works closely with key teams across DISH's wireless organization, as well as our multi-partner 5G ecosystem, to bring our ambitious and innovative network designs to life. Satish joined DISH in 2020 as Regional Vice President for the West region. In this role, he oversaw a portfolio of key markets and their various core network components, including radio frequency engineering, site development (acquisition and zoning), construction, transport and project management.

Prior to DISH, Satish served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations for MediaKind where he oversaw global services, support and deliveries, and launched the MediaFirst pay-TV/OTT platform. Satish also held leadership positions at Ericsson and Sprint. Satish received his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in Manilla, Philippines. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Marketing from De La Salle University, and a Master of Science in Telecom and Computers from George Washington University. In his free time, Satish enjoys hiking, half-marathons, sci-fi TV shows and cooking vegetable curries. He and his wife have two sons—the eldest serves in the U.S. Air Force and the youngest recently graduated college with a degree in engineering.