Meet Agilent’s Next CEO, Mike McMullen

Agilent has announced that President and CEO Bill Sullivan will retire near the end of 2015.  Agilent Senior Vice President and Chemical Analysis Group President Mike McMullen has been promoted to Agilent President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.  McMullen will become Agilent CEO in March 2015.  Sullivan will remain as an advisor through October 2015.

“By the time I retire I will have spent nearly 40 years in HP/Agilent,” Sullivan said in a message to employees.  “Agilent is a big part of my life, and I am proud of what we have achieved together.”

“It is a real honor to be asked to lead Agilent as we take our next steps into the future,” McMullen said to employees.  “I joined HP/Agilent because it was a technology leader, filled with smart colleagues I could learn from. Most of all, it was a company that made a difference in the world. I feel the same way today, perhaps even more so.”

McMullen joined the company 30 years ago.  He has served in finance, sales and business-group leadership positions.  He introduced the first life sciences channel in the company, and is the architect of Agilent’s growth strategy in China.  The Delaware native will relocate to California for his new role.

“Mike has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in markets, to sense opportunities and to understand how Agilent can capitalize on them,” Sullivan said.  “I am completely confident in the future of the company under his leadership.”

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