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Starkey Chief People Officer Jessica Perez Receives Women in Business Award for Leadership Excellence


Eden Prairie, Minnesota (February 21, 2024) – Starkey is proud to announce its Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Culture, Jessica Perez, has been named Female Executive of the Year in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This global award program recognizes the achievements of women executives for their innovative initiatives and outstanding leadership.  

“Throughout my career I have been committed to inspiring and supporting women at all levels in their careers, not only within our organization, but across the industry,” said Perez. “This award is a testament to the commitment, support and engagement shown by our entire HR team, because together, we have created a culture of caring that empowers every member of the Starkey family to be their authentic self.” 

Jessica Perez has more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources industry and has spent 13 years of her career pushing Starkey to new heights. 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. Under her leadership, Starkey has been named a Top Workplace in the USA and won numerous cultural excellence awards from the nation’s leading employer recognition program, Top Workplaces. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also ranked Starkey #32 on its list of 200 Top Workplaces in Minnesota.  

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About Starkey  

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 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 is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at 

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