DirecTV shakes up staff

John Suranyi, DirecTV president of
Sales and Service, has resigned from the company effective today.
Michael Palkovic, formerly the company
’s chief
financial officer, has been appointed executive vice president of
Operations and will now oversee the company
home service and installation network, call center operations, supply
chain and other related activities. Patrick Doyle, the company
chief accounting officer, has been appointed chief financial officer.
Palkovic and Doyle along with Paul Guyardo, executive vice president of
Sales & Marketing and chief marketing officer, will all report to Chase
Carey, the company
’s president and CEO.

Suranyi joined DIRECTV in early 2004 and was appointed president of
Sales and Service in 2005.

“I want to thank John for all his efforts and
contributions to the company, and all of us at DIRECTV wish him well in
his new endeavors,
” said Carey.
has solidified our position as the leader in customer satisfaction in
the pay television business, and we
’re looking
forward to building on that base going forward.

’ve enjoyed my
time at DIRECTV and I
’m very proud of what we
have accomplished over the past several years,

said Suranyi.
“While it has been rewarding to
be part of this company during a period of rapid change, I
now looking forward to new opportunities and leave the organization in
good hands.

Palkovic has been with the company for more than ten years and was
appointed chief financial officer for DIRECTV in 2001, and then for The
DIRECTV Group, Inc., in 2005.
“With his
unique understanding of our business, Mike will hit the ground running
in his new role, and I
’m confident we
continue to improve our customer experience under his leadership,

said Carey.

Doyle has also been at the company for more than ten years and has been
chief accounting officer of the DIRECTV Group since 2003.
has been a key executive at DIRECTV and has contributed to our growth
and success. He is ideally positioned to provide financial expertise
critical to our future,
” said Carey.

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