TEMPE, Ariz. - April 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Zounds Hearing, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kyle Kennedy has been named President of Zounds Hearing Franchising, LLC. The company currently has over 100 stores open, with an additional 250 under development, making it the fastest growing hearing aid franchise in the country. Mr. Kennedy will lead this expansion throughout the United States.
"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Kyle’s caliber as the head of Zounds Hearing Franchising," states Sam Thomasson, Founder, President and CEO of Zounds Hearing, Inc. "Kyle is a proven leader with strategic vision, business skills and extensive expertise in healthcare and specifically the hearing aid industry. He will lead the franchising executive and field leadership teams as we expand our franchise network across the country."
Previously, Kennedy served as President, Managing Director and Board Member of several acquired businesses of Sonova, one of the largest hearing healthcare providers in America. He led the US division, initially consisting of 60 locations, to over several hundred. Mr. Kennedy joined the senior leadership team of Vision Care Holdings (Eyeglass World & Lasik Vision Institute) as Senior Vice President of Operations, to improve the company’s sales and profits in preparation for an exit strategy for Summit Partners, the parent company. Mr. Kennedy brings this extensive background in the healthcare industry to Zounds Hearing Franchising, LLC.
"I am honored to be serving as President for Zounds Hearing Franchising. I first met Sam while I was with Sonova and was impressed with Zounds’ marketing approach to connect with the hearing impaired," states Kennedy. "Sam’s commitment to solving the challenges of a life without the ability to hear was inspiring and unlike any I had seen in our competitors. Zounds Hearing is focused on providing the best hearing aid for the best value to the consumer, and I am committed to delivering on that promise."
Zounds Hearing designs, manufactures and retails high-performance hearing aids for use with mild to profound hearing impairments. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, the company's technology enables breakthroughs in product, performance, selection and value. Zounds utilizes internally developed research and 57 exclusive patents. For more information, please visit http://www.ZoundsHearing.com.
Zounds Hearing, Inc.