Heiner has more than 30 years business management experience gained in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has a proven track record building and transforming regional businesses into success stories. He joined the Accelerate Evolution team in June 2016.
Heiner spent most of his professional career with a Swiss public listed company in the elevator and escalators business – Schindler – where more recently he held the positions of Managing Director in the United Arab Emirates and Technical Director in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During his time as Managing Director for Schindler in Dubai he transformed the organization from a regional representation office to a full-fledged operational business unit. In the process he managed to significantly increase both top-line revenue and profitability.
After leading the successful transformation of the Dubai based UAE operation he moved his family to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Schindler’s largest market in the region – to replicate the UAE success and there as the Business Process Owner (Sales and New Installation) he played a vital role in transforming Schindler’s distributor in KSA into a ‘Schindler-like’ organization. The re-design and the implementation of standardized business processes, including extensive training and certification were the key focus areas of this transformation.
A key-driver for both transformation efforts was the successful implementation of SAP as the ERP platform, and Heiner was instrumental in both these SAP implementations by taking the lead-role in both cross functional project teams.
In addition to his hands-on experience in leading large scale transformation efforts Heiner is also an accomplished manager and business leader. He is passionate about safety, people development, and continuous improvement. He has worked in matrix and line organizations both in regional and headquarters’ offices and due to the nature of the roles he held has traveled extensively.
In 2018 Heiner left Accelerate Evolution and moved to Saudi Arabia to take on the reigns at the local subsidiary of a Switzerland based specialty manufacturing organisation.