Changes in Sonova's Management Board

Stäfa, (PresseBox) - Sonova Holding AG, the world's leading provider of hearing systems, has appointed Maarten Barmentlo as new Group Vice President Marketing and Member of the Management Board, effective January 1, 2011.

Maarten Barmentlo (born 1969, Dutch citizen) brings with him a rich and diverse business experience from the healthcare industry. He gained over 20 years of working experience within Philips in different roles and Business Units in the Netherlands and in the US. Maarten Barmentlo was responsible in various management positions for areas such as Personal Care, Oral Care as well as in Consumer and Professional Healthcare. Before joining Sonova, he has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Systems at Philips Healthcare in the Netherlands. Holding a Ph.D. in Physics, Maarten Barmentlo started his career in research and development at Philips.

Sonova Holding AG

Sonova is the leading provider of innovative hearing healthcare solutions. The globally active group is the world's top manufacturer of hearing systems, the market leader in wireless communication systems for audiology applications, develops and manufactures advanced cochlear implant systems and provides professional solutions for hearing protection. Sonova is pursuing a clear growth strategy and is intent to grow faster than the market. To this end it is constantly expanding its existing business segments and branching out into other areas of the hearing healthcare industry.

Present in over 90 countries, and with a workforce of over 6,800 employees, Sonova generated sales of CHF 1.5 billion in the financial year 2009/10 and a net profit of CHF 355 million. This financially strong group of companies bases its success on innovation, customer focus and proactive cost management.

The company has been successfully promoting understanding and communication for over 60 years, and is ideally positioned to benefit from the trends in this growth industry.

For more information please visit Sonova shares (ticker symbol: SOON) have been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1994.

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