Reports: Four top executives ousted at Starkey Hearing Technologies


Four top executives – including the president – have reportedly been ousted from their roles at Twin Cities-based Starkey Hearing Technologies.

MPR reports it has obtained an email that suggests President Jerry Ruzicka, Chief Financial Officer Scott Nelson, Senior Vice President of Operations Keith Guggenberger and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Larry Miller have had their positions terminated with immediate effect.

CEO William F. Austin apparently wrote the email, saying that an investigation is currently being conducted so no further information would be given, MPR notes.

The company, headquartered in Eden Prairie, is the fifth-largest hearing aid maker in the world and the largest in the U.S.

The Star Tribune reports that the names of the four executives were removed from the company's website on Wednesday.

"We can't comment due to an ongoing investigation," Austin told the Star Tribune. "There are no issues that affect our company and it's business as usual."

The Associated Press notes that it is unclear what this investigation involves, but the FBI and police in Eden Prairie have so far played no part in it.

AP notes that the private company employs over 3,600 worldwide.

Starkey is perhaps best known in Minnesota for the star-studded annual fundraising galas put together by its foundation, the latest of which was in July and counted former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush among its guests, as well as pop star Katy Perry.

Next Up

Gopher Hockey

Watch: No-call lifts Gophers to OT victory over St. Cloud State

A blatant hook marred a top-four battle in St. Cloud.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Driver killed after crashing into parked semi-trailer

The crash occurred on the 5800 block of University Avenue Northeast.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith warns Dems she may not vote for budget bill if climate plan dropped

This comes amid a White House effort to get its "Build Back Better" plan passed.

Pixabay - emergency room ambulance hospital

St. Paul man dies six days after crash on I-94

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man as David Rodney Hardaway.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Double murder in northeastern Minnesota, suspect kills himself after chase

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

chaska school fight

Anti-masker involved in school board meeting fight charged with assault

It happened last month at an Eastern Carver County Schools hearing.

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno throws hands, scores game-winning goal in Wild's opener

The Wild forward scored with 7.2 seconds left to beat Anaheim.


A-list stars come to St. Paul for Starkey Hearing Foundation's annual gala

Several big-name stars turned up at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual So the World May Hear awards gala at St. Paul's River Centre Saturday, including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and former President Bill Clinton.The annual event, put on by the Eden Prairie-based company raises money to help give hearing aids to people in underdeveloped countries.

Starkey Hearing drops discount program with the NRA

Major brands have been dropping their affiliation with the NRA.