Hearing Industries Association appoints new Executive Director


Jane Reese-Coulbourne

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Jane Reese-Coulbourne as its next Executive Director, effective February 13, 2018.

Reese-Coulbourne brings over 25 years of business, not for profit, government, and patient advocacy experience to HIA. She has worked in executive and consultant roles with patient groups, NGOs, federal agencies, and industry and payer organizations throughout her career.

“Jane’s experience and leadership skills will help HIA achieve its mission to be the trusted voice on hearing healthcare for patient safety and education, delivery care, innovation and public policy,” said Brandon Sawalich, HIA Board Chairman. “With her expertise and the strength of HIA member organizations, we will expand our collaboration with industry, medical research, and patient advocacy groups. These synergies allow us to continue to improve the hearing healthcare of Americans through medical device innovation. We are proud to have Jane as our new Executive Director and look forward to the many exciting opportunities ahead for our industry and the future of hearing healthcare.”

“Innovation, patient advocacy and the importance of aligning critical stakeholder groups attracted me to this opportunity,” Reese-Coulbourne said. “I am honored to join a team of industry leaders working on behalf of the hearing health of millions of Americans to keep them connected to their loved ones, communities, and their passions.”

Reese-Coulbourne most recently served as the founding executive director of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (Foundation). There, she oversaw the start-up of a partnership funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working with WHO, FDA, EMA and Innovation in Medical Evidence Development and Surveillance (IMEDS) program to support the development of a “Big Data” methods research agenda.

Her career began at Procter & Gamble Company, where she worked for over 10 years in manufacturing operations, chemical engineering, government regulation, and new technology and product/brand start-ups. Later, working with other Fortune 500 companies, she consulted in strategic planning, reengineering/restructuring, as well as new technology plans and start-ups. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia.