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Dish Names Colorado State Tech Secretary Nallapati Its New Chief Digital Officer

Dish Network has announced the hire of Suma Nallapati as senior VP and chief digital officer, reporting to recently appointed CIO Atilla Tinic.

Englewood, Colo.-based Dish didn’t have to look far—Nallapati currently works in the cabinet of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as secretary of technology and State CIO.

Prior to joining Hickenlooper’s cabinet in 2014, Nallapati served as associate VP of service delivery at Catholic Health Initiatives. She also previously worked at TeleTech as global director of enterprise applications. 

Notably, Nallapati began her career as a software programmer for Dish back in 1997. Profile has come from recent awards: She was named “CIO of the Year” earlier this month by the Colorado Technology Association. Nallapati was also named a 2017 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado honoree by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Related: Dish Names Former CenturyLink Exec Tinic CIO

“Suma’s mission is to ensure Dish is well positioned with the applications and platforms that deliver a best-in-class customer and employee experience for our current businesses, and set the stage for our future wireless business,” said John Swieringa, executive VP and chief operating officer for Dish.

Tinic and Nallapati were both hired after a flurry of recent executive departures from Dish, including Vivek Khemka, executive vice president and chief technology officer, who joined Liberty Global in September.