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Dish’s Kelly to Retire

Long-time Dish Network executive Michael Kelly has announced that he will retire from the company on May 31.

Kelly, a 15-year veteran of Dish, joined the company in 2000 after it acquired his Kelly Broadcasting Systems and most recently served as president of its Blockbuster unit. While at Dish, Kelly led the development of its international programming business and was responsible for launching more than 50 international networks on Dish Network.

Kelly has also served as an executive vice president at the company, leading several operations during his tenure, including direct sales and advertising sales. While heading up Dish’s customer care division, the company received top rankings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power and Associates.

Kelly founded Kelly Broadcasting Systems in 1991, which operated satellite transmission facilities around the globe. KBS primarily distributed international content from countries like Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Holland, Italy, India, Jordan, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia and the UAE. While at KBS, he was named the Ernst and Young 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Kelly expects to remain active in the technology sector through various private equity investments and other entrepreneurial activities.