Foundation Board: Mike McClaskey

Mike McClaskey (’85)

mike-mcclaskeyAs Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Mike McClaskey is responsible for the recruiting, benefits administration, compensation, and leadership and organizational development for approximately 22,000 DISH team members.

Previously, he acted as DISH’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, providing IT that supported high-quality customer service, new and emerging technologies, and innovative products for the next generation of video and broadband services. Before joining DISH in 2007, McClaskey spent 12 years at Perot Systems, where he served as the corporation’s Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions and Chief Information Officer, responsible for IT strategy and operating customer-facing network, service center and data center outsourcing operations.

Under McClaskey’s direction, DISH’s IT department received CIO magazine’s 25th annual CIO 100 award for undertaking a massive enterprise-wide information technology overhaul that advanced DISH’s ability to deliver customer service and manage its national operations. The initiative resulted in the largest billing conversion in U.S. telecommunications in many years, the largest cloud-based mobile workforce management system implementation in North America, new IVR and customer care systems, and a new state-of-the-art data center and optical network.

McClaskey was recently recognized by the Denver Business Journal and the Society for Information Management as CIO of the Year, and was additionally included in Evanta’s Top 25 Breakaway Leaders. Previously, he was the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 InformationWeek 500, Forbes’ Top 25 Social Media CIOs, Enterprise CIO Forum’s Transformational CIO and Computerworld Premier 100.

McClaskey, who grew up in Kirksville, Mo., received B.A. and B.S.E. degrees in English from Truman State University and a master of arts degree in English from the University of Missouri. McClaskey was the speaker for Truman’s December 2007 Commencement ceremony, and he served as a member of Truman’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” Campaign Steering Committee and Chair of the Colorado Regional Committee. He is married to Janet (Yearns) McClaskey, who grew up in Queen City, Mo., and graduated from Truman in 1984.