Dish Network said it has named senior vice president Tim Messner general counsel, replacing long-time executive vice president R. Stanton Dodge, who will leave the satellite company to become chief legal officer of fantasy sports company DraftKings.
Messner will assume his role on Oct. 23 and will report to Dish chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen.
“Stanton has been an effective and tireless advocate for Dish for more than 20 years, and has served as a valued counselor to me and to our entire management team,” Ergen said in a statement. “Stanton’s leadership and expertise have been critical as we have worked to position Dish for the future.”
Messner has been with Dish since 2004 and currently serves as SVP and deputy general counsel, leading a team of more than 20 attorneys responsible for negotiating the company’s commercial transactions.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Tim over the years and I’ve been impressed with his legal acumen, his tenacity and his capacity as a leader,” Ergen said in the statement. “I look forward to Tim’s work and advice as we continue our efforts to transform Dish into a company focused on wireless connectivity.”
Dodge joined Dish in 1996 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department. Prior to joining Dish, Dodge was a law clerk to the Hon. Jose D. L. Marquez of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Dodge will remain on the board of directors for Dish’s sister company, EchoStar Corp.