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The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Announces the Appointment of Kevin H. Franck to its Board

Washington, D.C. - May 1, 2012 - The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announces the appointment of Kevin H. Franck, Ph.D., MBA, CCC-A, to its board of directors for the 2012-2015 term.

Franck has more than 12 years experience in hearing health care provision, innovation and products. He gained deep understanding of patient needs and cochlear implants working as an audiologist and program director (University of Michigan and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), in the university environment as an academic researcher and educator (University of Pennsylvania), and in the corporate environment as a global senior strategic marketing executive (Cochlear Ltd Sydney). Currently, Franck holds a leadership role at Artisan Healthcare Consulting providing key strategic insights to a broad variety of health care product companies. Franck is a long time AG Bell member, and previously served on the AG Bell board in 2007.

"I am thrilled to once again serve on the AG Bell board," Franck said. "I am confident I can work with the board to make a difference in the lives of today's children with hearing loss who learn to listen and talk."

Franck earned bachelor and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and a Master's of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

About the AG Bell Association

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking! Visit www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org.