Starkey Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Culture Jessica Perez has been named Human Resources Executive of the Year in the 2023 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. This recognition honors the world’s best employers and human resources professionals who help create and drive great places to work, according to the company.

“Jessica is the embodiment of an authentic and caring leader,” says Starkey President and CEO, Brandon Sawalich. “People are the bottom line of business, and Jessica has always been committed to the overall well-being of our employees so they can be their best selves. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!”

Perez has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources industry and has spent 12 years elevating Starkey’s brand, the company says. In her current role, she creates a culture of belonging for Starkey employees by developing and executing people-centered strategies that reinforce Starkey’s values and attract and retain the best talent.

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“This recognition wouldn’t be possible without the commitment, support and engagement shown by our entire HR team,” says Perez. “I’m committed to creating a workplace where employees feel valued, connected to the organization’s mission and purpose, and have opportunities to grow. I feel extremely grateful for my Starkey Family because together we have created a culture of caring and a sense of community in the workplace.”

Under her leadership, Starkey has been named a top workplace in the U.S. and won numerous cultural excellence awards from the nation’s leading employer recognition program, Top Workplaces, across all seven categories –employee well-being, employee appreciation, compensation & benefits, innovation, leadership, purpose & values, and work-life flexibility. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also ranked Starkey No. 32 on its list of 200 Top Workplaces in Minnesota.

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