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Liberty Latin America names DISH’s Khemka as technology chief

Liberty Latin America, the cable and telecom operator that split off from Liberty Global and which provides services across Latin America and the Caribbean, has named Vivek Khemka as its new chief technology officer, starting in September.

Vivek Khemka

Khemka, whose full title will be SVP and chief technology and product offer, was previously EVP and chief technology officer for US pay TV outfit DISH Network.

Liberty Latin America said that Khemka would lead its technology and innovation team across the regions in which it operates. The new unit has been tasked with driving IT, product development and network platforms across the 40 countries in which the company provides services to about 2.7 million customers.

At DISH, Khemka was responsible for the deployment of the company’s Hopper whole-home HD DVR service, among other things.

“Vivek will play a key role in the continued development of Liberty Latin America’s future technology leadership, strategy, and vision. I am confident that Vivek will be successful in leading our technology function unlocking growth opportunities as we continue to invest in our customers through network expansion, new products, and enhanced experiences,” said Liberty Latin America CEO Balan Nair, who served as Liberty Global’s chief technology officer before taking over at the Latin American company after its split off.

“This position is important to our business strategy with technology being one of the foundations to our success. He shares our ambitions for commitment in innovation and operational excellence, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team. Vivek will report to me and will work closely with our executive management team to drive innovation and explore new business and technologies.”

Khemka said, “I am thrilled to be joining the team. Liberty Latin America presents one of the few growth opportunities in the industry and I am looking forward to working with an extremely passionate and talented team to build a best in class product portfolio and bring innovation and new products and services to our customers to grow the business.”