September 01, 2013
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.
In addition to receiving Corporate Responsibility magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 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, “CEO of the Year” by the National Eagle Leadership Institute, 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, and he has twice received Wireless Week magazine’s Leadership Award. Glassdoor named Hesse one of 2014’s highest rated CEO’s by employees. Hesse was recognized by the American India Foundation in May 2014 for excellence in corporate leadership and philanthropy. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.