Victoria E. Carr-Brendel, Ph.D.
Group Vice President (GVP) Cochlear Implants of Sonova and President of Advanced Bionics
Victoria Carr-Brendel is the Group Vice President of Cochlear Implants and President of Advanced Bionics at Sonova, and a member of the Sonova management board. Advanced Bionics is a leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world, allowing those with severe and profound hearing loss to hear again, or for the first time. Advanced Bionics is widely recognized for innovation, and under Carr-Brendel’s leadership, recently introduced a number of First-to-Market products, including the first CI sound processors featuring direct connectivity with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, and the first CI system designed specifically for children.
Prior to joining Sonova, Carr-Brendel served in multiple leadership roles in different medical device companies, including Boston Scientific, Baxter Healthcare, JenaValve, and Dexcom. She brings almost 30 years of medical device development experience to her current role, where she is responsible for defining and developing new products that drive significant growth and technological development in the CI space.
As she approaches her three-year anniversary with Sonova, Advanced Bionics has seen unprecedented growth under her leadership. She was the keynote speaker at Sonova’s 2019 International Women’s Day, and the keynote speaker at the MiniTec during the Medical Device & Manufacturing Expo & Conference in 2021. She was honored as one of the Top 25 Woman Leaders in Medical Devices (2020), a finalist for LA Times Woman of the Year (2021), and voted one of the Top 25 Medical Device Executives of 2019. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Medical Device Manufacturing Association since 2021, and has been a member of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) since 2014.
Carr-Brendel holds a Ph.D. in Immunology/Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and takes pride in her technical background as a business leader. She lives in southern California with her family, and believes that having a difference in seasons is overrated.