Gerard Heanue is stepping down from the managing directorship of Heidelberg UK, Sweden, Denmark and South Africa, having run this region for Heidelberg for the past eight years.
Heanue explained: “I am 57 and always planned to retire early and I think this is the right time.” His career with Heidelberg began in 1995 when he was appointed finance director of Heidelberg UK. Four years later he moved to Singapore to become chief financial officer of Heidelberg Asia Pacific, covering 11 countries with special focus on China. Between two more stints as finance director of Heidelberg UK (2004-2006 and 2008-2011) he also worked as chief financial officer of Heidelberg Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Germany where he learnt about the intricacies and challenges of doing sales in the ex-Soviet region.
Heanue commented: “I have really enjoyed my time with Heidelberg and, as managing director of Heidelberg UK, I have a great team around me, always adjusting to meet changing market needs. We have different but complementary skills on the Board and this has led to the UK consistently being one of the top performing sales and service units for Heidelberg. We have exceptional strength in depth within the company and I’m proud of the employee engagement and customer service we provide.”
He will stay on until March 2019, but will continue to be involved with trade body Picon, where he is currently Chairman until June, and with the Stationers’ Company where he is Treasurer of the Foundation, the charitable arm of the Livery, and serves on the Court. He has already been approached regarding possible non-executive roles and is currently reviewing his options.
Heidelberg is currently looking for a replacement.