Dish Appoints Nallapati SVP and Chief Digital Officer

Dish has appointed Suma Nallapati SVP and chief digital officer, reporting to chief information officer Atilla Tinic.

Nallapati currently serves on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as Secretary of Technology and State CIO. She will join Dish in mid-January when Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis assumes the office.

Nallapati will lead Dish’s application delivery and digital strategy implementation. Her technology portfolio will include sales, e-commerce, customer and partner management, billing, and other various operational support systems.

“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, EVP and COO, in a statement.

Nallapati was appointed Colorado CIO, a state cabinet-level position, by Governor Hickenlooper in 2014. Prior to her role leading Colorado’s Office of Information Technology, Nallapati served Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, as associate VP of service delivery. Nallapati began her IT career as a programmer for Dish in 1997. Nallapati was named “CIO of the Year” earlier this month by the Colorado Technology Association and was also named a 2017 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado honoree by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

“Suma always kept Colorado on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Governor John Hickenlooper in his announcement of Nallapati’s new role. “She guided us through many groundbreaking initiatives and provided a steady hand as we faced tough technology challenges. She will be a valuable addition at Dish.”

“Dish gave me the opportunity and encouragement to thrive in IT and I’m so thrilled to be coming full circle,” said Nallapati in a statement. “Dish was a vibrant entrepreneurial culture 21 years ago when I first joined, and as it moves to launch its first wireless network I’m pleased to see Dish continue to foster that spirit.”

She holds her master’s degree in nuclear physics from the Andhra University India.

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