Dan Hesse was named chief executive officer of Sprint in December 2007. Prior to his appointment, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 to 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 to 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, “CEO of the Year” by the National Eagle Leadership Institute, one of the five “Best Turnaround CEOs of All Time” by Fierce Wireless, and one of “10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine, and he has 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.