DISH Network names Joseph Clayton president & CEO

DISH Network announced Monday that former Sirius Satellite Radio executive Joseph P. Clayton will replace Charles Ergen as president and chief executive officer.

“I am very excited to take on this new challenge,” Clayton said in a statement. “My working relationship with Charlie spans nearly 20 years, and I look forward to building on DISH Network’s legacy of innovation and value in TV entertainment.”

The move will take effect June 20. Ergen will remain as chairman of the satellite television provider.

“Joe is a 38-year veteran of the consumer electronics, telecommunications and satellite communications industries and I am pleased to have him lead DISH Network as president and CEO,” Ergen said.

“Joe brings an enormous amount of executive-level experience in the satellite and consumer electronics industries, including positions at RCA, General Electric and Thomson, and we look forward to his leadership as we continue to deliver video entertainment into the future.”

Clayton previously served as CEO of Sirius from 2001 to 2004 and as chairman from 2004 to 2008. He also worked as president of Global Crossing North America and as president and CEO of Frontier Corp.