Thomas Heyn


Thomas studied Law at Giessen Law School, is a member of the German bar and holds a PhD in Labour Law.

Professional Experience

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” – this quote by Samuel Beckett encapsulates Thomas Heyn’s view that failure is a natural part of our daily lives, however it is how you learn, grow and keep trying that is important in shaping your character. It is this strength of character and his quest for constant learning that has driven Thomas throughout his diverse and exciting career.

Thomas credits the fact that he has lived and worked in Germany, Austria, Russia, UK and the USA as providing him with interesting learning experiences and giving him the ability to fluidly adapt his management style to suit multiple teams and clients. His exposure to the most diverse territories and cultures in a dynamic business market has turned Thomas into a truly global business enthusiast.

With over 20 years of hands-on experience in establishing and constantly improving international organizations within a demanding corporate environment, Thomas is credited as being a trailblazer, that gets the job done by seeking creative and innovative solutions.

In 2002, Thomas, together with Oliver Torster, founded the Executive Search firm Jack Russell Consulting, the German branch of AltoPartners, based in Munich.

Before Thomas spent more than 10 years with Hewlett Packard in several Senior European Management positions, including VP Operations Eastern Europe.

His move to Tektronix, a technology leader based in Portland, Oregon, as VP Human Resources EMEA, enabled him to play a central role in completing several merger and acquisitions, including the purchase of the Siemens “Test & Measurement” Business Unit and its subsequent successful integration into the parent company.

Thomas then joined Oracle’s European Organization in the role of VP Human Resources, where he was focused on successfully meeting the company’s highly ambitious growth targets as well as being responsible to integrate the workforce of several acquisitions into the Oracle organization.

Personal Interests

In his free time Thomas likes to combine experience with playing the “dare devil”. For instance, he rode his motorbike from Santiago de Chile right to “the end of the world”, to Ushuaia in the “Tierra del Fuego”. As an ex-active basketball player and still ardent supporter he always took advantage of his height and strategic playing field overview. For years Thomas has tried to exploit his “tackling talents” with equal success on the golf course…

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Close, but no Cigar! | 18 November 2019
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Ready to jump ship? Read this first | 27 March 2019