Meet the iHEAR® Team.
Chief Executive Officer
An industry veteran, John brings over 26 years of management experience in hearing health. He has held executive positions at InSound Medical, ReSound, Bernafon and Sonic Innovations. John has been instrumental in guiding iHEAR into the retail distribution through both independent and national chain pharmacies. He looks forward to bringing affordable hearing solutions to millions of hearing impaired adults worldwide through iHEAR products and services. His extensive range of management experiences in hearing health spans manufacturing operations, wholesale sales and distribution, Audiology, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), and marketing to baby boomers. John holds a B.A. in Audiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Founder & President of International and New Product Development
Adnan has 24 years of experience in hearing aid innovations, including ReSound and a start-up that developed the first programmable hearing aids and hearing fitting systems. He later founded InSound Medical, where he invented the Lyric hearing device, the world’s first and only hearing aid designed for extended wear (2 months or more inside the ear). Adnan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas.
Consulting Chief Financial Officer & Board Member
Michael is an experienced executive in the private and public sectors, most recently as CFO with Canadian Solar Inc and interim CFO with Amber Kinetics, a U.S.-based start-up. He brings a proven track record of execution with IPO-track teams and with publicly listed companies, with extensive experience in global operations including in China, Singapore, the United States, and Canada.
Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs
Marika brings over 25 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Validation in various medical device settings, from start-up to Fortune 500 operations in the U.S., E.U. and Asia operations. She successfully secured complex FDA approvals for de novo medical devices such as the Lyric™––the first and only extended wear hearing aid, and the iHEARtest––the first and only home hearing screener. She has held senior management positions at InSound Medical, ORAL-B (Gillette Company), Abbott Labs and PFIZER Laboratories. Marika holds a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from City College of New York.
Chief Innovation Officer & General Counsel
Varun chose to work at iHEAR because shares a passion for helping to resolve the growing global problem of untreated hearing loss. He especially enjoys reading notes from customers with hearing loss who have been able to reconnect with loved ones and the world around them. Varun brings over 10 years of engineering and IP experience, shaping innovation strategy, managing intellectual property portfolios, and aligning legal interests with business objectives. He has worked with Smiths Detection, Chevron, DLA Piper, and Dorsey & Whitney. Varun holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California Santa Barbara, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Southern California, and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law.