Guy Séné’s roots are in France but his leadership is global. As President of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group (EMG), Séné oversees the company’s electronic measurement, semiconductor and board test business segments. Séné has been with Agilent since 1976, holding a variety leadership positions in sales, marketing and division management throughout the world, including Europe and Asia.
Agilent’s Santa Rosa campus is the largest technology employer in Sonoma County and serves as headquarters for EMG, the company’s largest business unit. One of the company’s strengths is reflected in Séné’s leadership — a commitment to research and development. Séné is quick to note that EMG has an ongoing stream of new products coming out. It recently released one of the fastest signal generators on the market as well as a dozen FieldFox hand-held devices that can analyze microwave and other signals in harsh climactic conditions. Says Séné, “The contribution in Santa Rosa from our R&D teams has been as innovative and productive as we have been in the past, which is very strong.”
To help foster a spirit of innovation and contribution, Séné encourages Agilent employees to assist in improving education in Sonoma County and beyond. Agilent’s signature hands-on science program, Agilent After School, has been operational for the past 11 years, serving more than 2,500 students with staffing by Agilent volunteers. Additionally, Agilent employees volunteer in local education programs such as the United Way’s Schools of Hope, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, and the North Bay Science Festival, among others.
Under Séné’s leadership, Agilent also supports education by hosting an annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event at the company’s Santa Rosa facility, providing scholarships to Sonoma State University (SSU) and Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) engineering students as well as assigning Agilent mentors to the scholarship recipients, donating equipment to SSU’s engineering program, and offering job shadowing opportunities to students from SRJC, SSU and local high schools.
Well-schooled himself, Séné holds a diploma in electronic engineering, an MBA from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises in, Paris, and an executive MBA from the Michigan Business School. His international experience has served him well in helping Agilent build its reputation as the world’s premier measurement company. Says Agilent’s CEO, William Sullivan, “Guy’s leadership has been consistently marked by outstanding growth and attention to building solutions.”
Séné understands that leading in today’s global economy requires more than in the past, and he leads by example, putting all he has into his work while remembering that the talent and human capital of Agilent is what will carry the company forward for years to come. And Séné knows that by investing in education today, we will have the talent needed to innovate in the future.