December 29, 1957 |
Gifhorn, West Germany
|Alma mater||University of Hannover|
|Occupation||Former President and CEO of BlackBerry Ltd|
Early life and education
Prior to BlackBerry, Heins held several positions in the wireless arena including the chief technology officer of Siemens' Communications Division and several general management positions in hardware and software businesses. Heins joined BlackBerry in 2007. He rose through the ranks starting as senior vice president of BlackBerry Handheld Business Unit; chief operating officer of product engineering; and finally chief operating officer of product and sales since July 2011 before becoming CEO. Prior to coming to BlackBerry he was chief technology officer at Siemens AG.
In January 2012 he was named to succeed BlackBerry company founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as president and CEO of BlackBerry. On November 4th, 2013, Blackberry announced that Mr. Heins stepped down as chief executive officer and John S. Chen will serve as interim chief executive officer pending completion of a search for a replacement.
During Heins' time as CEO, BlackBerry continued to struggle, and in November 2013, Heins was subsequently sacked and given a $22 million payment. Many critics have doubted the validity of receiving such a large settlement on the grounds that Heins failed in his primary objective of saving the company. His replacement will be John Chen, a veteran Silicon Valley executive.
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Jim Balsillie/Mike Lazaridis (co-chairs)
John S. Chen (Interim)