EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Starkey Chief Audiology Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing Sara Burdak, Au.D., has been named to Twin Cities Business Magazine’s 2021 Notable Women in Manufacturing list.
This list is a special editorial feature in Twin Cities Business, profiling women professionals in manufacturing who have shown the ability to effect change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs at their companies or institutions which have created significant, positive, and measurable results.
“It is an honor to receive this award, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our manufacturing team. At Starkey, we are committed to delivering the best hearing experience possible through the innovation and manufacturing of our products, along with the passion of our people. As a leader in the manufacturing and delivering of advanced hearing solutions, it is our commitment to ensure every person across the globe has the opportunity to hear their very best.”
–Sarah Burdak, AuD
Dr. Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in 1999. For over two decades, she has worked to bring impactful programs to Starkey’s global customer base. She is responsible for developing and aligning Starkey’s global audiology strategy as it relates to education and training programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs and customer and industry relations.
The American Academy of Audiology honored Dr. Burdak as a Fellow and a 2020 Academy Scholar for excellence and dedication to the profession. In 2021, she gave the opening remarks at the Student Academy of Audiology Conference and was a Silver Globee Winner for the Excellence in Industry Woman of the Year awards in the Manufacturing category.
“On behalf of Starkey, I want to congratulate Sara on this award,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “She has an incredibly valuable perspective about the impact hearing loss has on daily life and overall health. When it comes to helping people hear better, so they can live better, Sara’s leadership is an integral part of our continued success.”
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Owned by Bill Austin since 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 has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at starkey.com.