|Born||1953 (age 59–60)|
|Education||University of Notre Dame
MIT Sloan School of Management
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
|Occupation||CEO, Sprint Corporation|
|Predecessor||Gary D. Forsee|
|Board member of||CTIA
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Hesse's father was a career army officer and he spent his early years going from army base to army base attending 8 different schools between kindergarten in Italy before graduating Stuttgart American High School.
He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in government and liberal studies in 1975; an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 1977; and master's of science from the MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow in 1989.
He spent 23 years at AT&T where he started out as an intern.
From 1991–1995 he was President and CEO of AT&T Network Systems International based in the Netherlands.
In June 2005 Hesse joined Sprint and oversaw the spinoff of its landline service – Embarq Corporation.
On December 17, 2007 he became CEO of Sprint Nextel.
When Hesse took over the company was losing numerous customers, and still continue to lose customers. His strategy to stem further losses have included increased customer service, more use of prepaid cell phones, and a 4G presence invest ownership stake in WiMAX-provider Clearwire. He's also started adding 300 retail stores across the nation at an attempt for increased in-person customer service.
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- "Dan Hesse, Ceo, Sprint Nextel". Spoke. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- Daniel R. Hesse. "Daniel Hesse: Executive Profile & Biography – BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
Gary D. Forsee