Daniel Hesse

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Daniel Hesse
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Hesse at Capitol Hill filing lawsuit to block AT&T T-Mobile merger in 2011.
Born 1953 (age 60–61)
Nationality USA
Education University of Notre Dame
MIT Sloan School of Management
Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Predecessor Gary D. Forsee
Successor Marcelo Claure
Board member of
CTIA
Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Daniel R. Hesse (born c. 1953) was the chief executive officer of Sprint Corporation.[1] He was also the spokesperson, as the voice in Sprint's "Simply Everything" commercials.

Early life[edit]

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;[2] 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.

In telecommunications[edit]

AT&T[edit]

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.

He launched the online division's AT&T Worldnet service in February 1996 which introduced unlimited internet dial up for $20/month as long as you subscribed to AT&T's long distance services.[3]

In May 1997 he became head of AT&T Wireless.[3]

Terabeam Corporation[edit]

From March 2000 to June 2004 he was CEO and chairman of Terabeam Corporation.[4]

Embarq Corporation[edit]

In June 2005 Hesse joined Sprint and oversaw the spinoff of its landline service – Embarq Corporation.

Sprint[edit]

On December 17, 2007 he became CEO of Sprint Nextel.[5]

During his tenure he has appeared in numerous television commercials filmed in black and white for the company created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners that were filmed in New York City.

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.

On August 6, 2014 Sprint announced that Hesse will be replaced by Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corporation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Press Releases". sprint.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Notre Dame Business Magazine". Nd.edu. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  3. ^ a b Cauley, Leslie (2008-02-25). "CEO Profile: Sprint's new CEO showed grit from the start". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Dan Hesse, Ceo, Sprint Nextel". Spoke. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  5. ^ Daniel R. Hesse. "Daniel Hesse: Executive Profile & Biography – BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  6. ^ Doug Duvall (2014-08-06). "Sprint Names Marcelo Claure as New President and CEO". newsroom.sprint.com. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Gary D. Forsee
Sprint CEO
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Marcelo Claure