Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has appointed Gordon Wilson as vice president of marketing for the company’s US operations. In his new position, Wilson will oversee marketing and marketing services from Oticon’s Somerset headquarters. Wilson, who joined Oticon A/S in 1991 as a product manager, brings over 12 years of experience in the hearing care development and marketing to his new position. Most recently, he worked in Oticon’s Copenhagen headquarters where he managed the business teams responsible for the development and marketing of the Swift, Ergo, Atlas, and Sumo product lines.

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Tina Papke has rejoined GN ReSound as regional sales director for the Western region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska). She is responsible for setting goals and expectations for the regional sales managers and inside sales representatives within her territory. She will also assist management in developing and implementing plans for sales growth and profitability. Papke has held both sales and marketing positions within the hearing healthcare industry. She also operated and sold a successful hearing instrument practice in the Seattle area.

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The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn, announces the appointment of Jodi A. Cook, PhD, to the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Cook will direct the hearing aid program for the clinic. She will also have clinical responsibilities and conduct clinical research related to hearing aids. Prior to arriving at the clinic, she was a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University and Director of Audiology for Songbird Hearing Inc. She has extensive experience at establishing and managing audiology clinics abroad and in the US, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to amplification.

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Hear in America Hearing Plans, Louisville, Ky, announces the promotion of Greta Ratliff to program manager. Ratliff has seven years experience as a hearing instrument specialist and manager of a multi-practice dispensing company. She is responsible for group and provider relationships with the company. In addition, she is the liaison with manufacturers. Greta earned her BA in Cultural and Historic Preservation Studies at Davidson College.

Vivosonic Inc announces that David Rajczak, MBA, has joined the company as VP of marketing and sales. Rajczak brings extensive 20-year sales and marketing experience, primarily with equipment and software for the healthcare sector worldwide. He will implement an aggressive growth strategy for the company through direct sales and establishing and supporting a strong distribution network, and will also be responsible for all marketing activities, as well as assisting with business and new product development.

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation
The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Milwaukee, announces that the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently joined the CAOHC Council as one of eight Component Professional Organizations (CPO) with representation on the Council. In addition, the council has announced the following new representatives: Marcella Thompson, CSP, RN, a principal safety engineer for ON Semiconductor Corp, East Greenwich, RI, and a graduate of Harvard School of Public Health; and John H. Elmore, MA, MBA, the owner of Precision Hearing Conservation, Helotes, Tex.

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Keith Lewis (left) has joined GN ReSound’s senior management team as vice president of marketing and customer care. He will be responsible for overseeing product management, marketing communication, and customer care for the GN ReSound business. Lewis brings with him extensive experience in branding, marketing, and commercial operations. Prior to coming to GN ReSound he held various commercial roles within Bausch and Lomb and Ray Ban, with a strong orientation to health related markets. In addition, GN has hired Brad Romney as a regional sales manager, covering the Salt Lake City area. He is responsible for helping customers grow their business, traveling throughout the assigned territory to call on regular and prospective accounts, perform product demonstrations, coordinate customer training, and attend trade shows. The company has also hired Christopher Smith (right) as a regional sales manager for GN ReSound, covering the Albany, NY area.

Hearing Health Center
Ronna Fisher, MS, was named one of “25 Influential Women in Business” by The Business Ledger, based in Oak Brook, Ill, in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Fisher was honored at a luncheon on November 7 at the photoHyatt Regency in Woodfield. The award identifies women who have succeeded in their careers and extended their influence into the community. It also recognizes the special challenges women face in the upper echelons of the business and professional world. Fisher founded Hearing Health Center in 1984 in response to the profound effect her father’s hearing loss had on her entire family. She was determined that other families would not suffer the loss of contact and intimacy that hearing loss causes. In addition to the original Chicago firm, Hearing Health Center has grown to include locations in Naperville, Oak Brook Terrace, and the outpatient clinic at Michael Reese Hospital. The company is also pleased to announce that audiologist Diane Hammel has earned her AuD degree, effective March 10, 2003. Hammel, 44, completed the professional doctorate program for clinical audiologists through the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia. She has practiced audiology for nearly 20 years and has worked with Hearing Health Center since 1988. During that time, she has established her expertise working with hearing-impaired children to fit both programmable and digital hearing aid technologies.