BlackBerry Ltd. CEO Thorsten Heins would receive an estimated $55.6 million payout if he loses his job following a sale of the company, Bloomberg said. In a report Friday, Bloomberg said a BlackBerry proxy circulated in May contained a plan that would allow Heins to receive a package containing “salary, incentive payments and equity awards” if he is terminated from his position following a change of corporate ownership. That plan, it added, was approved by BlackBerry shareholders during an annual meeting on July 9. The $55.6 million figure is based on the company’s stock price at the end of the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, Bloomberg said. That figure, it added, drops to $22 million—based on fourth quarter stock prices—if Heins loses his job without a change in ownership at the company. BlackBerry said in a release Monday that its board of directors has formed a special committee that will explore the company’s strategic options “to enhance value and increase scale” as it looks to “accelerate” sales of its BB10 smartphones, which first hit markets earlier this year. “These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions,” the release said.