When you look at the world of wireless communications today, there’s no bigger disruption to the norm than DISH Network. DISH is planning on investing over $10 billion to build out a state-of-the-art standalone 5G network nationwide with all of the bells and whistles including cloud compatibility and open RAN.
That’s no easy feat for any company, but DISH Network is no stranger to putting in the hard work and they’ve hired a team of industry experts to lead the way. In a recent interview with Marc Rouanne with Light Reading, he said, “We have a very energetic team. It’s a team that really knows what they’re doing, and that’s fun to work together,” he continued, “It’s a good team, a strong team, and it’s fun.”
Something unique about the team is they’ve got a flat reporting structure, meaning no one is anyone else’s boss. Rouanne explained, “I think we all have our domains, but it’s a really fun team.”
Here’s the All-Star team:
Stephen Bye – Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Bye is tasked with network strategy and architecture, capacity planning, network service quality, product and service integration, and partner management. Bye is a seasoned executive with three decades of experience in the wireless, cable, and wireline business. Top accomplishments include helping to build Cox Communications, CTO for Sprint and before joining DISH he was the CEO of Connectivity Wireless. Bye will help grow the company’s 5G offerings and the company has said that they will target the consumer smartphone as well as verticals such as healthcare to automotive.
Tom Cullen – Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Cullen will oversee the company’s long-term strategic interests that include any new ventures, partner development, and overall spectrum strategy. Cullen brings more than 35 years of experience in the telecom, cable, satellite, and wireless industries. Before his role at DISH, Cullen worked at Charter and MediaOne. He’s been responsible for leading DISH’s charge into the wireless industry since 2006 and has helped acquire the $20 billion worth of spectrum licenses to build out the DISH 5G network.
Dave Mayo – Executive Vice President, Network Development
Mayo is responsible for building out DISH’s aggressive strategy and execution for the deployment of the nation’s first standalone 5G network. It’s a tall order, but Mayo is more than capable of handling it. Mayo served as Sr. Vice President at T-Mobile and led T-Mobile’s IoT business and founded the company’s fixed wireless business. He was responsible for T-Mobile’s explosive growth within the past two decades and was the innovator behind T-Mobile’s “fastest network” claim through his aggressive transformation of T-Mobile’s transport network to fiber. Mayo brings no shortage of ideas to grow DISH’s wireless business and will surely make his mark.
Jeff McSchooler – Executive Vice President, Wireless Relations
McSchooler is the longest-standing member of the DISH Wireless team going back as far as helping the company launch its TV satellites back in 1995. This industry veteran is responsible for overseeing DISH’s operations for satellite TV and Sling streaming services and holds several technical patents for his innovation and dedication to his field of work. McSchooler will lead the team that’s responsible for the physical construction and operation of DISH’s 5G network.
Marc Rouanne – Executive Vice President, Chief Network Officer
Rouanne is responsible for DISH’s network architecture, RF network and strategy, core network architecture and strategy, cloud and edge strategy, security, transport, 5G lab management and interoperability testing. Though he holds many responsibilities, this longtime Nokia executive brings over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Notable accomplishments include restructuring Nokia’s Mobile Business Group, which boosted the company’s 4G and 5G roadmaps which led to an increase in customer satisfaction. Rouanne brings a lot of experience to the DISH wireless team and will help lead the way in designing DISH’s 5G network.
DISH’s wireless team is packed-filled with industry experts and veterans who know how to build something great. Though we’re a while away from seeing and using DISH’s 5G network, with the leadership currently in place, we can all agree it’s going to be pretty remarkable.
Source: Light Reading