Jeanne-Elise M. Heydecker

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeanne Heydecker brings over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneurial marketing and technology executive. Jeanne oversees all new initiatives for iPlace, including leadership development, marketing, and other strategic activities that contribute to building iPlace’s reputation as the premiere offshore sourcing and recruiting service. Jeanne works full-time in India with the operations team to help ensure iPlace meets international service delivery quality levels.

Jeanne has successfully launched new companies, products, and services – both in the United States and India. She executed the global launch of the first unified messaging software for small business which was sold to Nokia for US $56M in 1998. Jeanne was instrumental in planning and executing the launch of the world’s smallest closed loop motion control system, which eventually sold to the GSI Group for US $54M. Her latest major launch was introducing the world to the first entirely solar-powered mobile telecom and broadband internet network for India’s Shyam Telecom Group that now has systems deployed on five continents. Jeanne believes that the best of American business practices, mixed with the potential of an Indian workforce, is a prime example of the future of international trade and development.

Jeanne moved from Chicago to India in 2007 to work with a number of Indian firms marketing to the West. Previously Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for India’s Shyam Telecom Group, she directed coverage in some of the world’s leading media from the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, to Time and CNBC, and won top industry awards including the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Awards, Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards and Fast
Company’s Fast 50 during her tenure. Before moving to India, Jeanne had won an Official Honoree Webby Award for developing the first social media-enabled network of fifty+ web sites for the third largest school district in Illinois.

Jeanne has traveled through more than 50 countries across five continents. During all her travels she’s managed to pick up only a few phrases in each of the languages spoken. She is most proud of being able to ask for small change in Swahili.

Her favorite quote is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


  • Certified Web Designer,
  • Certified Product Manager,
  • Certified Project Manager,
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Certificate of Completion, H.S.S.P. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Exchange Student, Sir J. J. College of Architecture (First Year Program)
  • Certificate of Completion, Center Summer Program, Boston Architectural College
  • Certificate of Completion, Project Contemporary Competitiveness Program, Bridgewater State University


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