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23. DISHING UP INNOVATION
Erik Carlson
President & COO
DISH
Years in Cable: 21 years
Education: Bradley University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Loyal
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " Pink
Panther "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Après ski or date night.
New favorite binge: " The Blacklist "
Vivek Khemka
EVP & CTO
DISH
Years in Cable: 8
Education: Indian Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Innovator
Warren Schlichting
EVP of Marketing, Programming & Media Sales
DISH
Years in Cable: 15
Education: Harvard University
One Word that Best Describes Me: Adventurous
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.
Carlson Q&A
What inspires you
most about this
industry? Shifting
consumer preferences
and expectations have
altered the pay TV landscape.
As an industry,
we're steering into the
change and the opportunity
for innovation
it creates.
The best thing about
fast broadband is...
The kids don't complain.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Energy, intelligence
and need to achieve
How do you celebrate your birthday? Vail with my family and friends.
How long is your morning commute? 15 minutes.
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Khemka Q&A:
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.
Schlichting Q&A
The best thing about fast
broadband is... Sling TV.
How long is your
morning commute? 20
minutes (down from 2 hrs
and 20 min).
Favorite Saturday morning
cartoon from your
childhood? My favorite
Saturday morning cartoon
characters were Yosemite
Sam and Foghorn Leghorn.
What does the future
look like for skinny
bundles and flexible
packaging? " Big, bigger, biggest " is over. Customers want skinny packs
that match their interests. ■
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