Executive Team

Ronald Hesse
Chairman & CEO

Before founding the HCI Group Ltd. (parent company of GlobalAutoIndustry.com) 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 (part of the Arizona State University global education network), 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.

Kerry Zielinski
Vice President, SCM – Partnerships

Zielinski helps GlobalAutoIndustry.com develop new clients in the role of Vice President, SCM – Partnerships. He has worked with Hesse for the past 5 years to help manage and grow the Automotive Logistics Professionals LinkedIn membership group, which to this day offers a platform for bringing industry knowledge to automotive related OEM and tier suppliers.

Zielinski has spent 30+ years in a variety of roles to include global and America executive sales, logistics engineering, accounting/finance and marketing within the automotive industry. He has developed software for aftermarket delivery scheduling, created financial decision making tools to help define productivity, developed warehouse resource requirement tools for lean manufacturing and helped sell over $850M in logistics business in various capacities.

Zielinski is the President of the local Eastern Michigan Roundtable of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) for the past 7 years and attended the international annual conferences. He has spoken at the Detroit Regional Chamber and works on charity events to help food banks.

John Horrell
Vice President, Global Expansion Partnerships

Horrell has over 25 years of sales and sales management experience, working for several of the world’s largest software companies, as well as start-up software and technology companies.  His wide experience includes both US domestic as well as global sales responsibilities.  He has won numerous sales, sales support and industry awards.

Horrell has a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona (part of the Arizona State University global education network), and has a bachelor’s of science degree in Marketing and Geography from the University of Toledo.  Horrell speaks English and Spanish.

Chad Upton
Director, Communications

Lindsey Meisel
Sales & Marketing Assistant

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