Dish Taps Programmer, Lobbyist


Dish Network has named replacements for its chief programming negotiator and main Washington lobbyist.

David Shull, currently Dish Network's senior vice president of Asia operations, based in Hong Kong, will be returning to Denver as senior vice president of programming, succeeding Eric Sahl, the satellite-TV provider said last week.

Sahl will be exiting at the end of the year “to pursue a new career opportunity,” Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen said in a memo to employees last Monday about the changes.

“Eric has made significant contributions to our organization during his tenure here and I am very appreciative of his work,” Ergen said in the memo. “He will be missed and we wish him all the best as he begins his new endeavor.”

Shull will report to Tom Cullen, who is Dish's executive vice president of corporate development. Shull joined Dish Network in 2004, and moved to Asia in 2006 to oversee operations there.

Chris Kuelling will come back to Denver from Europe to take the post of vice president of international programming, reporting to Shull. Kuelling joined Dish Network's legal department in 2002, and has been in based in the Netherlands since 2006.

In his memo, Ergen also said the company's lobbyist, David Goodfriend, was wrapping up his tenure at Dish last Friday (Dec. 12). Goodfriend is forming his own lobbying firm, with Dish Network as his first client.

Lori Kalani, who joined Dish Network's legal department in 2002, will move to Washington, D.C., as director of government affairs, assuming many of Goodfriend's duties. She will continue to report to Stanton Dodge, Dish's general counsel.