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 62–63)
Nationality United States
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 PNC Financial Services
Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Daniel R. Hesse (born c. 1953) is the former chief executive officer of Sprint Corporation.[1]

Hesse’s tenure at Sprint focused on improved customer service. In 2014, the American Customer Satisfaction Index recognized Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in overall customer satisfaction over the previous six years.[2]

He was also the spokesperson, as the voice in Sprint's "Simply Everything" commercials.

Hesse joined the board of directors for PNC Financial Services[3] and Akamai Technologies[4] in 2016.

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;[5] 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]


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.[6]

In May 1997 he became head of AT&T Wireless.[6] In 1998, Hesse oversaw the launch of the Digital One Rate plan offering simplified minute-bucket pricing to eliminate roaming and long-distance fees regardless of customer location.[7]

Terabeam Corporation[edit]

From March 2000 to June 2004 he was CEO and chairman of Terabeam Corporation.[8]

Embarq Corporation[edit]

In June 2005 Hesse joined Sprint and oversaw the spinoff of its landline division into a separate public company– Embarq Corporation.[9] Hesse served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Embarq from May 2006 until December 2007.


On December 17, 2007 he became CEO of Sprint Nextel.[10]

Hesse joined Sprint as the company was experiencing financial and customer defection problems resulting from Nextel merger. He aimed to stem further losses by improving customer service. Hesse also oversaw an investment/ownership stake in WiMAX-provider Clearwire which created a national 4G wireless spectrum position. Retail stores were added across the nation to enhance in-person customer service as well. During his last two full calendar years as CEO, Sprint's total shareholder return, assuming reinvested dividends, ranked #1 among all S&P 500 companies.[11]

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

On August 6, 2014 Sprint announced that Hesse would be succeeded by Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corporation.[12]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Wireless Industry Person of the Year RCR magazine.[13] Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology, LAPTOP Magazine. Lifetime Achievement Award, Corporate Responsibility magazine.[14] Highest Rated CEOs at large companies,[15] Glassdoor. Executive of the Year, Wireless Business & Technology magazine. CEO of the Year, The National Eagle Leadership Institute.[16] One of five "Best Turnaround CEO's of All Time", Fierce Wireless.[17] Leadership Award, Wireless Week magazine.[18] Kansas City’s Best CEO, Ingrams. Excellence in Corporate Leadership and Philanthropy, American India Foundation.[19] Great Futures Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.[20] Corporate Social Responsibility Difference Maker of the Year Award, Urban League of Kansas City.[21]


  1. ^ "Sprint Press Releases". sprint.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Sprint Most Improved Company in Customer Satisfaction Among All U.S. Industries". Sprint Newsroom. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Sprint CEO Dan Hesse joins PNC board". Kansas City Star. 
  4. ^ Inc., Akamai Technologies,. "Akamai Elects Daniel R. Hesse to its Board of Directors". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Notre Dame Business Magazine". Nd.edu. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b Cauley, Leslie (2008-02-25). "CEO Profile: Sprint's new CEO showed grit from the start". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Hesse Hits Home Run with One-Rat Plan". RCR Wireless. 
  8. ^ "Dan Hesse, Ceo, Sprint Nextel". Spoke. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Dan Hesse Video Lectures". VideoLectures.Net. 
  10. ^ Daniel R. Hesse. "Daniel Hesse: Executive Profile & Biography – BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  11. ^ Moritz, Scott. "Sprint's Stock Outperforms Apple as CEO Sees 2014 Profit". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  12. ^ Doug Duvall (2014-08-06). "Sprint Names Marcelo Claure as New President and CEO". newsroom.sprint.com. 
  13. ^ "RCR Taps AT&T Wireless Services Inc's CEO, Dan Hesse, as 1998 Person of the Year". PR Newswire. 
  14. ^ "Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Named 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award Winner". Sprint Newsroom. 
  15. ^ Sprint Newsroom. Sprint http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/dan-hesse-is-a-top-rated-ceo-on-glassdoor.htm. Retrieved March 26, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Hesse will Receive NELI's CEO of the Year Award". The National Eagle Leadership Institute. 
  17. ^ "Best turnaround CEOs of all time". Fierce Wireless. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Sprint Nextel's CEO resolves to see it through.". Wireless Week. 
  19. ^ "Annual Spring Awards Gala, New York". American India Foundation. 
  20. ^ "Great Future Chairman's Dinner". Boys and Girls Club. 
  21. ^ "Urban League honors KCTV5's news director". KCTV News for Kansas City. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Gary D. Forsee
Sprint CEO
Succeeded by
Marcelo Claure