Charlie Vogt Named Harris Broadcast CEO

Harris Broadcast has appointed Charlie Vogt, a 25-year veteran of the technology and communications industry, as its new CEO.

Vogt comes to Harris after nine years at president and CEO of Genband, where he spearheaded six acquisitions and led the company to a compound annual growth rate of 100%.

Vogt succeeds Harris Morris, who was named president of Harris Broadcast in 2010 and led the company during its divestiture and sale to The Gores Group ownership. Morris left the company on July 3.

“Charlie’s proven track record of taking companies with powerful and promising technology to the next level uniquely positions him to lead this business,” said Carl Vogel, Harris Broadcast chairman and board member of Dish Network, in a statement. “His decision to join Harris Broadcast as president and CEO likewise reflects the promise and potential behind the company’s market-leading technology, marquee customers and exceptional employees. Charlie will bring to Harris Broadcast vision, leadership, creativity and operational discipline as well as an entrepreneurial and customer-first culture.”

Vogel also noted that Vogt’s background in IP technologies will be important for Harris Broadcast as “the radio and TV broadcasting industry is embarking on a significant transformation from digital to IP.”

Vogel also thanked the former president Morris “for his contributions in guiding Harris Broadcast as we acquired the business and transitioned the company to independence – we wish him well as he pursues new opportunities.”

Vogt was appointed CEO of Genband in 2004 and expanded its operations to more than 50 countries where it worked with 80 of the top 100 communications service provider and cable operators. He also advised the Federal Communications Commission Chairman on matters of technology and spectrum serving on the FCC advisory council.

Prior to Genband, Vogt served as President and CEO of Taqua, an IP switching company, and held key executives positions at a number of other companies, including Adtran, Ascend Communications, Accelerated Networks and Santera Systems.