It was a long road to Starkey’s No. 2 spot for Brandon Sawalich. As a lifer at the Eden Prairie-based hearing aid manufacturer—he joined in 1994 at just 19—Sawalich has been in the eye of the storm. Legal filings have revealed that, with others, it was Sawalich who tipped off Starkey CEO (and Sawalich’s stepfather) Bill Austin about certain Starkey C-suiters’ alleged plot against the company, which included a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme. Now, as president, he hopes to right Starkey’s ship.