After pulling the strings from Dish Network’s boardroom for the last four years, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen is once again assuming the CEO’s mantle, replacing Joseph Clayton, who will retire on March 31. Ergen co-founded Dish more than 30 years ago and stepped down as CEO in June of 2011, but he’s remained quite active as chairman and has been particularly involved in Dish’s recent stockpiling of mobile spectrum. Dish has said it plans to those airwaves to create a new U.S. mobile carrier, and apparently Ergen wants to be back at the helm for that fundamental change in its business.
Qualcomm President of Interactive Services Rob Chandhok has left the mobile technology giant to start the next act in his career, the long-time Qualcomm veteran told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. He did not reveal the specific project he’s working on. Re/Code originally reported the rumor of Chandhok’s departure on Monday. Chandhok is best known for tackling the technologies outside of Qualcomm’s core mobile silicon and radio business. He led BREW, Qualcomm’s pre-smartphone mobile operating system and app development platform; he oversaw the company’s augmented reality and computer vision projects; and most recently he led its internet of things efforts, launching the AllJoyn initiative and developing Qualcomm’s experimental Toq smartwatch.
Qualcomm(s qcom) EVP Peggy Johnson is leaving the company that’s been her home for 24 years, a source tells Gigaom. And according to a report in Re/Code, she’s departing for Microsoft(s msft) to take on a high-level executive post. Johnson is the highest ranking female executive at Qualcomm, and she’s also part of the inner circle. She’s on Qualcomm’s executive committee and has headed up key divisions of the company. As President of Qualcomm Internet Services, she launched BREW, a predecessor of the moden mobile app store. In her current role she’s in charge of developing new markets for Qualcomm’s core wireless technologies as well as overseeing Qualcomm Labs.