Joe Clayton to Retire From Dish Network

Consumer electronics executive led Sirius Satellite Radio
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Joe Clayton, the public face of the company that became Sirius Satellite Radio when it began its nationwide marketing push, is retiring.

Currently, Clayton is president and chief executive officer of Dish Network. The network announced Clayton will retire as of March 31 and Dish co-founder and chairman Charl‪ie Ergen, who preceded Clayton as president and CEO, will resume both positions.

Clayton came to Dish Network in June 2011.

Readers may recall that before his Dish days, Clayton was CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio from Nov. 2001 through Nov. 2004, and chairman of Sirius from Nov. 2004 to July 2008 until its merger with XM Satellite Radio. He became the visible face of the company that had previously been called CD Radio under former leader David Margolese.

When Clayton departed Sirius, Mel Karmazin succeeded him at the combined SiriusXM.


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