Siemens Hearing Instruments Names Brian Kinnerk as CEO in the Americas

Hearing industry veteran heads top hearing aid manufacturer

Jan 19, 2010, 07:00 ET from Siemens Hearing Instruments

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. (SHI) today announced the appointment of Brian Kinnerk as CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments in the Americas.

Brian Kinnerk brings 19 years of in depth experience and success in the hearing aid industry of North America. Most recently Kinnerk served as President and CEO of Unitron Hearing US in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has served as president of the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) from 2007 through 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Stefan Schaller, CEO of Siemens Audiology worldwide commented, "Kinnerk is a dedicated leader with a proven track record of growth and success. With his expertise, he is the ideal person to increase customer focus and drive Siemens towards becoming a better partner for the hearing care professional."  

Commenting on his appointment, Kinnerk said, "Siemens is the leader in the hearing aid business globally; I am thrilled to be heading its business in the Americas. I am eager to grow the company by pushing forth solid strategies, expanding our professional customer base and helping to deliver a holistic approach to hearing health."

About Siemens Healthcare

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