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Long-standing Heidelberg manager to retire

Gerard Heanue is stepping down from his managing director role at Heidelberg UK, and his responsibilities for Sweden, Denmark and South Africa.

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Heanue leaves the role in March 2019 but will still be on call until the summer

Heanue’s career with Heidelberg began in 1995 when he was appointed finance director of Heidelberg UK. After spending many years in a variety of roles which have taken him around the globe, he has spent the last eight years in the managing director role.

“I am 57 and always planned to retire early and I think this is the right time,” he says. “My wife Elaine and I plan to have a mini gap year, starting with a month in New Zealand at the end of 2019 and then visiting our favourite countries in the Far East. I also plan to start playing tennis and golf again.”

Despite leaving Heidelberg to enjoy time with his wife, Heanue is not leaving the print sector completely. He will continue to be involved with trade body Picon, where he is currently chairman until June.

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

The managing director is also treasurer of the Stationers’ Company - the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries, where Heanue also serves on the court.

Reflecting on his time with Heidelberg, Heanue adds: “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.”

Heanue’s three wishes for the printing industry as he leaves are that the sector gains the recognition it deserves, that it promotes itself better to the public, and that both printers and suppliers invest more in young people and training.

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