Our mission is to make high-quality and affordable hearing aids accessible to everyone who needs them.

Our story

Founded in Copenhagen in 2014, Audientes aims to make smart, high-quality hearing aids accessible and affordable to everyone who needs them. We achieve this by designing, developing and bringing to market innovative assisted hearing solutions.

Today 500 million people suffer from disabling hearing loss. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 900 million. We plan to address this global health challenge by bringing our affordable hearing aid to the millions of hearing impaired people around the world who need it.

Our team

Founded and led by a team with expertise in market innovation, business development and design, as well as experience creating affordable products at scale.

Steen Thygesen

CEO

Steen holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Copenhagen University College. Steen has held executive positions within strategy, sales and management in technology companies such as Star, Nokia Denmark, Microsoft, Symbian PLC and TDC.

Hossein Jelveh

FOUNDER & CTO

Hossein founded Audientes in 2014. He has worked in product R&D for over 30 years and has broad experience in the hearing aid industry, the wireless industry and the small mobile/medical device domain, as well as 20+ years of SW development experience.

Catherine Conlon

CMO

Catherine has a BA HONS from Trinity College, Dublin University and has worked with branding, marketing, communication and digital strategies for over 20 years. She has held senior and executive positions in companies such as Star, Cobham, Nokia Denmark, Microsoft and Navision.

Henrik Christiansen

Head of Wholesale, global

Henrik has many years of experience in market development, including international-, direct-, distribution- and retail-based sales, working with key accounts. He has an extensive background in the hearing aid industry, including experience developing regional and global sales and distribution networks for WS Audiology (Widex).

Jesper Betzer

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Jesper comes with over 20 years of experience within operations, business development, strategic partnerships, global supply chain and humanitarian policy. He has direct working experience in 22 countries and 14 years of engagement with various UN agencies and international NGOs in some of the world’s hotspots.

Kenneth Boye

Head of Ecommerce

Kenneth has over 20 years of experience in the management of high-growth IT/Tech startups including Telmore, OiSTER, IKEA Mobile UK and Virgin Mobile Chile. A specialist in online business development, customer journeys and digital marketing, he also has deep international experience with GTM strategies.

Christian Kraft

HEAD OF UX

Christian has almost 30 years of experience within the UX and UI development fields. He has held senior global positions and is an expert in translating user insights and business objectives into tangible, innovative, and customer-focused solutions and strategies. He also has several patents in his name.

Raman Rao

COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

Based in Hyderabad, Raman has over 25 years of experience within sales and business development. He is also a seasoned expert on the hearing aid industry in India and the surrounding region.

Peter Bøbel

Head of Program Management

Peter has over 30 years of experience in program and project management with an immaculate success rate in getting projects to the finish line on time. He has extensive experience from senior and leadership roles in Nokia Corporation where he managed some of the best-selling Nokia device programs with success. In recent years, he was consulted for companies such as Atea, PostNord, Strålfors and ATP.

Board of directors

Povl-André Bendz

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Chairman since 03/06/2020.
Independent of Company.

Povl-André has a Masters of Science degree from CBS. He has had long career in the life sciences industry, where he held several commercial and financial leadership positions. He holds a number of board positions, and serves as Chairman of the Board at 2cureX AB, which is listed on the Nasdaq First North Sweden exchange. He currently holds a CEO and board position in Seahouse Capital ApS, which is owned by Spotlight Group AB (70 percent) and Povl-André Bendz (30 percent).

Owns privately 26,012 shares in Audientes A/S.

Holds privately 70,000 warrants in Audientes A/S.

Gitte Jürgens

BOARD MEMBER

Board member since 03/06/2020. Independent of Company.

Gitte has a degree in market economies and has more than 20 years of leadership experience within life sciences industries, where she has worked in strategic and commercial business development. She has held positions that include CFO, COO and supply chain manager at pharmaceutical companies Meda and Mylan. In connection with these roles, she has participated in several international M&A transactions, and today works as a professional board member.

Owns privately 2,777 shares in Audientes A/S.

Holds privately 35,000 warrants in Audientes A/S.

Frank Vium

BOARD MEMBER

Board member since 21/04/2022.
Independent of company


Frank Vium is a commercial executive with 25 years’ experience in driving growth and transformation in technology-led companies. Frank has held international leadership positions in Business Development, Product Management, Sales and Customer Success, and has led large teams across Europe, China, US and the Nordics. He has a strong global market understanding from working across Europe and the US and with emerging markets.

Peter Røpke

BOARD MEMBER

Board member since 13/04/2021
Independent of Company

Peter has an M.Sc. in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Danish Technical University. He is currently President and CEO of RTX A/S, a Nasdaq Main Market mid-cap company listed on Nasdaq Nordic that designs and develops wireless communication products across a wide range of applications. Peter has a long career behind him in product and technology development, manufacturing and consumer electronics. Peter has previously held senior positions at Flügger A/S, Grundfos Management A/S and Nokia Corporation.