Management Team


Ronald Hesse
Chairman & CEO

Before founding the HCI Group Ltd. (parent company of in 1996, Ronald Hesse was director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Chicago office. He assisted more than 100 U.S. companies establish European operations and launched the agency’s automotive acquisition initiative, helping more than 20 automotive companies establish European operations.

Hesse spent 11 years in executive sales and marketing positions in the computer industry. He co-founded several high-tech companies that included Ocean Communications Inc., a business television and video production company backed by venture capital.

Hesse has a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and has a bachelor’s of science in international business management from Ferris State University. A native of the Netherlands, Hesse speaks Dutch, English and German.

Pete Rome
Sales, Education and Training Executive

Chad Upton
Marketing Communications Manager