EchoStar Names New Execs

EchoStar Communications Corp. said this week it has appointed Carl Vogel as president. The company has also appointed Bernard L. Han as chief financial officer, effective Sept. 28. Han succeeds David J. Rayner who assumes the new role of executive vice president in charge of the company's national installation and service network.

Vogel is overseeing day-to-day operations for Dish Network and continues to serve as vice chairman of EchoStar's board of directors. He has recently focused on the company's financial and strategic initiatives, and will retain responsibility for them.

Vogel initially served as EchoStar's president from 1994 to 1997, and was a key member of the executive team that created and launched Dish Network in 1996. He returned to EchoStar in May 2005 after serving as president and CEO of Charter Communications. Before joining Charter, Vogel held various senior executive positions with companies affiliated with Liberty Media Corp. He was also chairman and CEO of Primestar and CEO of StarChoice.

Prior to joining EchoStar, Han was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis, Minn. Han has also held the chief financial officer and chief marketing officer roles at America West Airlines. He began his career in the space and communications group of Hughes Aircraft Co. and then at American Airlines. Rayner joined EchoStar in December 2004 as its chief financial officer. He now leads the company's national installation and service network. Before joining EchoStar, Rayner served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Time Warner Telecom.

"We are very fortunate Carl has assumed this critical leadership role at EchoStar," said Charles Ergen, chairman and CEO of EchoStar Communications. "His extensive knowledge of the industry in general, and EchoStar in particular, will strengthen our company and allow us to continue delivering high quality programming to our more than 12 million subscribers. The addition of Bernie to our executive team, and David's assumption of operational leadership for our installation and service network, further enhances our talent bench."