CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Eckard Heidloff, President & CEO of Wincor Nixdorf
Eckard Heidloff began his career in 1983 at Nixdorf Computer AG. After initial posts at Group Accounting and Controlling, he took over as head of these units in 1989. In 1994, at the successor company Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, he was appointed head of business administration for both the retail solution business and self-service systems for banks.
Both were merged in 1998 in Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems GmbH, where Heidloff likewise became head of business administration. Here, he bore primary responsibility for carving the company out of the Siemens Group and seeing it through the transition to ownership by the private equity investors KKR and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the newly created Wincor Nixdorf Holding GmbH, he played a decisive part in the company’s future-oriented expansion into a global group – a task that involved ensuring constructive cooperation between investors and management through reliable execution of the holding’s business plan while safeguarding the freedom necessary to shape the company’s business.
In May 2004, Wincor Nixdorf was the first large German private equity company to be floated successfully on the stock exchange, making Heidloff Chief Financial Officer of Wincor Nixdorf AG. In this capacity, he additionally took on the role of Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for worldwide production and logistics. Heidloff was named President and CEO of the company at the Annual General Meeting on January 29, 2007.