Starkey Chief People Officer Jessica Perez Receives HR Executive of the Year Award

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (September 26, 2023) – Starkey Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Culture, Jessica Perez, has been named Human Resources Executive of the Year in the 2023 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers. This recognition honors the world's best employers and human resources professionals that help create and drive great places to work.

“Jessica is the embodiment of an authentic and caring leader,” said Starkey President and CEO, Brandon Sawalich. “People are the bottom line of business, and Jessica has always been committed to the overall well-being of our employees so they can be their best selves. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!”

Jessica Perez has more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources industry and has spent 12 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.

“This recognition wouldn't be possible without the commitment, support and engagement shown by our entire HR team,” said Perez. “I’m committed to creating a workplace where employees feel valued, connected to the organization’s mission and purpose, and have opportunities to grow. I feel extremely grateful for my Starkey Family because together we have created a culture of caring and a sense of community in the workplace.”

Under Jessica’s 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, across all seven categories –employee well-being, employee appreciation, compensation & benefits, innovation, leadership, purpose & values, and work-life flexibility. 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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