Leadership

EVP, External & Legislative Affairs

Jeff Blum

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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

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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.

SVP, National Radio Frequency Engineering

Heather Campbell

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As Senior Vice President of National Radio Frequency Engineering, Heather leads the national radio frequency (RF) engineering and planning, regulatory services and spectrum coordination teams. 

 

Before joining DISH, Heather had a 19-year career with Sprint-Nextel, where she led a variety of initiatives, including long-term network strategy planning, spectrum harvesting, radio access network (RAN) transition and RF engineering. Heather most recently served as Vice President, Access Networks for Rogers Communications, where she helped launch Canada’s first and largest 5G network and led their national network engineering, planning and design efforts.

 

Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, where she graduated with honors. In addition to these academic accomplishments, Heather achieved a Professional Engineer license and is licensed in seven states. In her spare time, Heather volunteers at ComicCons in celebrity guest relations, enjoys spending time with animals, exploring new coffee shops and watching UFC.

SVP, Retail Wireless Product

Paul Chapple

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As SVP of Retail Wireless Product for DISH’s retail wireless business, Paul leads mobile product and device strategy and development across DISH’s current and future wireless brands. He is responsible for device portfolio selection, management of DISH’s relationships with key suppliers, as well as product and services development and sourcing required to deliver a world-class customer experience.

 

Paul has been at the forefront of wireless products and device innovations for many years, leading efforts at top-tier carriers and original equipment manufacturers. He is a seasoned consumer wireless executive with over 20 years of diverse experience across multiple markets and geographies.

 

Before joining DISH, Paul served as Director of Mobile Products & Services at Vodafone, where he led their strategic relationships with key suppliers. Paul also served as VP of Supplier and Product Management at T-Mobile, leading the end-to-end product management for all devices including handsets, wearables, tablets and devices related to the Internet of Things. Paul focused on developing T-Mobile’s 5G roadmap. He has also held executive roles with Nokia, Samsung and HTC.

 

Paul received his Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Public Communications from Syracuse University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

EVP, Corporate Development

Tom Cullen

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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.

EVP, Wireless General Counsel

Brandon Ehrhart

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Brandon serves as General Counsel, Wireless. In 2020, DISH became a nationwide U.S. wireless carrier through the acquisition of Boost Mobile. DISH continues to innovate in wireless, building the nation's first virtualized, O-RAN 5G broadband network.

 

Brandon also serves as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary, where he handles other DISH affairs such as those involving its Board of Directors, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, securities, and other strategic relationships.

 

Brandon joined DISH in 2003 as Associate Corporate Counsel and has since held positions of increasing responsibility over the years. Prior to DISH, he began his legal career in Seattle where he worked for Gray Cary (now DLA Piper) specializing in corporate transactions for private and public companies.

 

Brandon graduated from Duke University with an A.B. in Economics, Public Policy Studies and a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies in 1997. He then earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2000.

SVP, Chief Solutions Officer

In-Kyung Kim

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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

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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

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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

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As Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer for DISH’s wireless business, Marc is responsible for network architecture, RF network and strategy, core network architecture and strategy, cloud and edge strategy, security, transport, 5G lab management and interoperability testing.

 

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

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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.

EVP, Boost Mobile

Stephen Stokols

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As Executive Vice President of Boost Mobile, Stephen is responsible for sales, marketing, go-to-market strategy and operations of the Boost business. Stephen is an accomplished executive, entrepreneur and investor who has driven revenue and user growth across both Fortune 500 and start-up environments.

 

Stephen most recently served as co-founder and CEO of mobile carrier FreedomPop. In this capacity, he raised over $120 million in financing and built FreedomPop into one of the fastest growing mobile carriers before selling it in 2019. Stephen earned numerous industry awards for his innovation and disruptive impact on the wireless market and was named the Wireless Industry’s Most Innovative Executive in 2017 and E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.

 

Prior to FreedomPop, Stephen founded Woo Media, where he built one of the Internet's largest and most innovative interactive video communications companies. Stephen turned Woo Media into a multi-million-dollar revenue stream, selling it in November 2011.

Stephen started his career at Accenture and was elevated into his first executive leadership role in 2004, when he was promoted to VP of eBusiness at Qwest Communications. He went on to build a track record of bringing innovation, disruption and growth at the Fortune 500 level. He spent three years as British Telecom’s SVP of Strategy and Product Development, where he led all consumer product innovation. During his tenure, he generated $1 billion in new revenue, growing his P&L over 500% during that time and putting BT at the forefront of online communications, digital media and Wi-Fi. Stephen holds two graduate degrees, an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

President and Chief Operating Officer - Wireless

John Swieringa

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As President and Chief Operating Officer of DISH Wireless, John Swieringa is responsible for all operational aspects of DISH’s wireless business including the deployment and management of DISH’s virtualized, O-RAN 5G broadband network, its retail wireless business, and its day-to-day activities.

 

John joined DISH in 2007 and has served in increasing leadership roles during his tenure with the company. He previously served as EVP and Group President of Retail Wireless where he was responsible for all aspects of DISH’s Retail Wireless business, including strategy, operations, sales and customer service for DISH’s retail wireless brands, including Boost Mobile.

 

John also has led as EVP of Operations, overseeing DISH’s In Home Services organization (which conducts residential and commercial installations), as well as the company’s Customer Service, Billing, Information Technology and Manufacturing & Distribution functions. Prior to that, he was the company’s SVP & Chief Information Officer, responsible for enterprise information technology strategy and operations. Earlier assignments in Information Technology include overseeing the company’s software development efforts as Vice President of Application Development & Architecture. John spent the first 10 years of his career working in Corporate Finance for DISH and other Fortune 500 companies.

 

Named a 2020 Rising Star by FierceWireless, John has also been recognized in the Denver Business Journal's 2015 40 Under 40 list, and honored as the 2015 Chief Information Officer of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.