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Brian Hesse '95


Mexico, Missouri

Current City

Mamaroneck, New York

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2022

Board Involvement

  • Advancement Committee
  • Membership Committee


  • B.S. Marketing; Northwest Missouri State University, 1995


  • Co-Owner/President & CEO; The Perennial Group


On April 28, 2022, Brian and his business partner formed a new U.S. company through a MBO of Rusal America Corp to form PerenniAL. Brian serves as President and CEO of the newly formed company. 

Brian joined Rusal America in May 2019 as President and CEO. He led all aspect of the business managing, $950 million in revenue per year. He was hired to reestablish, rebrand, and lead the company's emergence from U.S. Government imposed sanctions. He has grown the revenue of the company from $480,000,000 in 2019 to over $1 billion in 2022. Brian and his wife Holly have two children, Jaxon and Ella. His passion is organizations that promote the welfare of children and was recently elected Chairman of the Board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Westchester County. 

Why are you "forever green"?

"Northwest gave me a solid foundation for my life and career. I was a very average student from a very average family. I had no thought of being in a position as I am today when entering the University. The impact many professors had on my life was much more than just academic. I still keep close ties to three of my professors who are some of the most important people to me. They believed in me, and one even told me they couldn't wait to see me as a CEO one day! I believe serving on the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors is a way for me to give back to the University that gave me so much. However, there is something more important for me joining the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors. I want to ensure the University is the best it can be so other 'Brian Hesse' students have the opportunity of a lifetime! Northwest gave me that and I want to ensure it continues for many years to come. OABAAB "