Starkey Announces Promotions of Key Contributors to Leadership Positions

January 19, 2021

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Starkey is positioning itself for rapid and intense growth in 2021 with the promotions of six influential company contributors to leadership positions.

According to the company announcement, the strategic move will allow Starkey to double down on the company’s mission, which is to “serve its customers better than anyone else”.

The following people have been promoted to the position of Vice President:

  • Shelli McGuire, Vice President of Total Rewards
  • Owen Olende, Vice President of Sales and Operations, Africa
  • Jessica Perez, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Holly Schissel, Vice President of Product Strategy
  • Karen Spaeth, Vice President of Communications
  • Sherry Ulrich, Vice President of Creative Marketing

“Those promoted into vice presidency are strategic thinkers and leaders,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “They consistently deliver significant, positive outcomes for our company and our customers. They strive daily to help us achieve our vision to lead the world in hearing health and wellness. I am grateful for their dedication to Starkey and look forward to accelerating our forward momentum, as we continue to bring the most innovative hearing technology to patients around the globe.”


About Starkey 

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at


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