After a global search, Starkey announced that it has named transformational information technology (IT) leader Eric Hanson as Chief Information Officer. According to Starkey’s announcement, Hanson is responsible for strategically aligning the company’s IT infrastructure throughout the organization to create a secure and strong foundation of systems and tools that enable growth.
Hanson is an accomplished leader in the IT industry with over 15 years of experience across manufacturing, insurance, and the financial services sectors, including executive leadership experience at global organizations. He has a track record of building high-performing teams, creating a culture of innovation, and integrating digital products and services to improve and support growth, Starkey says. Hanson will be “an instrumental leader in achieving Starkey’s strategic objectives.”
“IT is reshaping industries globally and changing how business is conducted, both internally and externally. At Starkey, we are committed to investing in our information systems and tools for accuracy, simplicity, and ease of doing business,” said Brandon Sawalich, President and CEO of Starkey. “With Eric’s impressive leadership, Starkey’s IT team will be positioned as a proactive partner in reviewing, organizing, and implementing business solutions, driving innovation, and helping to fulfill Starkey’s mission of serving our customers better than anyone else. We are proud to welcome Eric to our Starkey family.”
Hanson holds an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee Business & Technology Institute and a graduate certificate in Business Communications & Organizational Conflict Negotiation from Harvard University.
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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 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 29 facilities, and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide.