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Nersesian named COO of Agilent, Séné to lead Santa Rosa-based Group

SANTA ROSA — Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that Ron Nersesian has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Nersesian was president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group (EMG), headquartered in Santa Rosa.

The position of COO has not been filled since William Sullivan left it to become chief executive officer of Agilent.

Mr. Nersesian, 52, will have day-to-day responsibility for Agilent’s three businesses, Electronic Measurement, Chemical Analysis and Life Sciences, with the presidents of those businesses reporting to him. He will continue to report to Mr. Sullivan.

“This is a tremendous honor. We have great presidents of the Chemical Analysis and Life Sciences groups, both very capable,” said Mr. Nersesian, who was named president of EMG in 2009.

“I’ll continue to live here in Sonoma County and spend time at the Fountaingrove campus, but I’ll be dividing my time between the other groups headquartered in Santa Clara, as well as traveling to serve our global customers,” he said.

Guy Séné, 56, who has been vice president of the Microwave and Communications Division (MCD) since 2009, will replace Mr. Nersesian as EMG president.

Mr. Nersesian first joined Hewlett-Packard, Agilent’s predecessor company, in 1984. Since then he has served in various management positions, including vice president of the Wireless Business Unit, before being named EMG president.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

“Ron has done a superb job of leading Agilent’s electronic measurement business,” said Mr. Sullivan. “He was responsible for a complete transformation of EMG, resulting in outstanding profitable growth in current as well as emerging markets. Ron’s appointment as COO is an opportunity for Agilent to leverage the skills of an executive with an exceptional record of business growth, cost improvements and superior return on invested capital even during difficult economic times.”

Mr. Séné has been vice president and general manager of MCD since 2009. He has been with the company since 1976, holding a variety of leadership sales and marketing positions throughout the world, including in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Séné holds a diploma in electronic engineering and an MBA from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

“Guy’s leadership of MCD and in EMG’s international operations has been consistently marked by outstanding growth and attention to building customer solutions,” said Sullivan. “I am confident that his capabilities are well matched to continuing the momentum in EMG.”

Agilent Technologies employs 1,150 in its Santa Rosa location and 18,700 worldwide. It had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. 

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