Starkey's Executive Team

William F. Austin Owner, CEO and President

William F. Austin

William F. Austin

Owner, CEO and President

In 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies Owner, CEO and President William F. Austin founded a hearing instrument repair service in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Four years later, he acquired a small earmold company called Starkey Laboratories, and merged his companies under the Starkey Laboratories name.

Austin's experience in hearing aid distribution and repair led him to create the concept of comprehensive hearing solutions. Austin's focus on customer satisfaction and quality of life revolutionized the industry by setting a new standard for innovation and service. Since 1984, his Starkey Hearing Foundation has promoted hearing care awareness through support of research, education and charitable programs.

Learn more about the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Tani Austin Chief Philanthropy Officer

Sara Burdak, Au.D. Chief Audiology Officer

Chris Hillman Executive Vice President of Operations

Chris McCormick Chief Marketing Officer

Paul Phillips Executive Vice President of International Sales

Lisa Richards Chief Customer Officer

Steve Richards Executive Vice President of North American Sales

Brandon Sawalich Senior Vice President

Tom Ting General Counsel

JeanAnn Trombley Chief Human Resources Officer

Todd Watterson Chief Financial Officer

Contact Us

Worldwide Headquarters
Starkey Hearing Technologies
6700 Washington Avenue S.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3476

(800) 328-8602
(952) 941-6401

Starkey Hearing Technologies is a world leader in the design, development and distribution of comprehensive hearing solutions. We believe in using superior hearing technology as a means to something even greater — creating meaningful connections between people and their worlds.

With 21 facilities in more than 100 markets around the globe, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an industry leader in hearing instrument manufacturing. We create top quality diagnostic equipment, hearing protection products, wireless technology and unique hearing solutions for every environment.