Dan Hesse was named chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel in December 2007.
Prior to his appointment as Sprint CEO, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, a wireless telecommunications technology company.
Hesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 – 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States’ largest wireless carrier.
He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize.
He has been named “Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology” by LAPTOP magazine (Steve Jobs was #2), Wireless Industry “Person of the Year” by RCR magazine, “Executive of the Year” by Wireless Business and Technology magazine, one of the five “Best Turnaround CEO’s of All Time” by Fierce Wireless, one of “10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies” by Entrepreneur magazine, one of the “Top 20 CEO’s” by Glassdoor (for highest employee approval ratings), and he has received Cornell’s L. Joseph Thomas Leadership Award and twice received Wireless Week magazine’s Leadership Award. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.