DISH Network has announced the appointment of Hamid Akhavan as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DISH, in addition to his current role as the CEO and President of EchoStar. In his expanded capacity, Hamid Akhavan will be responsible for overseeing all facets of the company’s video services and wireless businesses, as well as its subsidiaries.
The announcement comes in the wake of the earlier disclosure about the impending merger between DISH and EchoStar. As part of the merger agreement, Hamid Akhavan was slated to assume the role of CEO for the combined entity. The completion of the transaction is contingent upon regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, with expectations set for finalization by the end of the current year.
Hamid Akhavan brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having held various executive leadership positions throughout his distinguished career. Prior to joining DISH and EchoStar, Hamid Akhavan served as the CEO of Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications). Additionally, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Deutsche Telekom and served as the CEO of T-Mobile International, where he also contributed as a member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom.
The move to appoint Hamid Akhavan as the President and CEO underscores DISH’s commitment to strong leadership as they navigate the dynamic landscape of video services and wireless businesses. His extensive background in telecommunications and executive leadership positions positions him well to steer DISH towards continued growth and success.