Paul R. Wennerholm

SALT LAKE CITY — Sonic Innovations, Inc, has announced today that Paul R. Wennerholm has joined the company as president and chief operating officer.

Wennerholm was previously with Patterson Companies, Inc, a $3.6-billion dental, rehabilitative, and health supply company, with operations throughout the world.  Wennerholm held several positions of increasing responsibility with Patterson — most recently heading one of the company’s most successful divisions.

"Paul brings a tremendous amount of leadership, sales, operational and P&L experience to Sonic, and I am very pleased we were able to invite him to join our organization," said Sam Westover, Sonic Innovations chairman and CEO.  "Paul’s primary responsibility in the immediate term will be to provide his executive sales management expertise to our North American wholesale organization.  He has a proven track record as a sales executive, and I am looking forward to his immediate contributions to that organization."

Regarding the appointment of a president and chief operating officer, Westover noted, "Sonic has made great strides over the past several years focusing on and executing a successful strategic plan and we are seeing the financial results from those initiatives.  It is important that we maintain our focus on those activities, which is what I have asked Paul to do."

Wennerholm holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science with minors in economics and spanish from Brigham Young University.  He is a former board member of the Horton Valve Company and is involved in various professional and community organizations.

SOURCE: Sonic Innovations Inc; Photo from