DISH Network announces new appointment for wireless team

DISH Network announced the appointment of Marc Rouanne as chief network officer and Stephen Bye as chief commercial officer.
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Marc Rouanne and Stephen Bye will join DISH as executive vice presidents and report to DISH co-Founder and chairman Charlie Ergen.

“Marc and Stephen will help lead our work to redefine the American wireless landscape to the benefit of consumers,” Charlie Ergen said.

Marc Rouanne, as chief network officer, will oversee the strategy and architecture of the network, its core, and its cloud and edge strategies. Marc Rouanne held executive positions including president of Mobile Networks and chief innovation and operating officer of Nokia and chairman of the board of Alcatel-Lucent.

Stephen Bye, most recently CEO of Connectivity Wireless, earlier served as president of C-Spire and CTO of Sprint. He will lead the DISH wireless enterprise development team. The team’s mission is to define, develop and market commercial applications, as well as establish strategic enterprise partnerships.

In addition to Rouanne and Bye, Ergen’s direct reports include DISH president and CEO Erik Carlson and the following executives:

Tom Cullen, EVP, Corporate Development, oversees the company’s strategic interests including new ventures, partner development and spectrum strategy.

Jeff McSchooler, EVP, Wireless Operations, leads the team responsible for the physical construction and operation of DISH’s national 5G broadband wireless network.

Jeff Blum, SVP, Public Policy and Government Affairs, supervises state and federal government affairs in Washington, D.C.

DISH Network reported revenue of $3.17 billion for the third quarter vs $3.4 billion for the corresponding period in 2018.

The company closed the third quarter with 12.18 million Pay-TV subscribers, including 9.49 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.69 million Sling TV subscribers.

Pay-TV subscribers increased 148,000 subscribers in the third quarter, compared to a decline of 341,000 in the third quarter 2018.