Joe Clayton, CE Industry Titan, Passes
Joseph P. “Joe” Clayton, a seminal consumer electronics industry figure whose 40-plus-year CE career spanned tenures at a roster of companies where he spurred innovation in the development and marketing of CE products, telecommunications, satellite radio and satellite TV broadcasting, died on Saturday, Nov. 3. He was 69.
His retirement in 2015 as president and CEO of DISH Network, where he also oversaw the start of the OTT (over-the-top) Sling TV service, capped a string of leadership positions beginning in the 1990s. In that long stretch, Clayton was instrumental in the launch and nurturing of new technologies and formats that have made indelible imprints on consumers’ everyday lives.
From 1992 to 1996, Clayton, as executive vice president of marketing and sales at Thomson S.A., GE’s Consumer Electronics Division, shepherded the RCA brand of televisions and VCRs as well as the industry rollout of DirecTV in 1994.