|[September 19, 2013]
Agilent Technologies Combines Its Life Sciences and Diagnostics Businesses; Lars Holmkvist Named Group President
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies (News - Alert) Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it has combined its
Life Sciences Group with its Diagnostics and Genomics business, naming
Lars Holmkvist the new group's president and senior vice president of
Agilent, effective immediately. Holmkvist was previously president of
the Diagnostics and Genomics Group and senior vice president of Agilent.
This organizational decision follows Agilent's announcement
earlier today that it plans to separate the company into two independent
publicly traded companies - one focused on life sciences, diagnostics
and applied markets, retaining the Agilent name, and the other focused
on electronic measurement, which will be named later.
Agilent, the life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets company,
will be comprised of two businesses - the Chemical Analysis Group, led
by Mike McMullen, current group president and Agilent senior vice
president, and the new Life Sciences and Diagnostics Group, under
Holmkvist as its president. Nick Roelofs, who has been president of the
Life Sciences Group, will leave Agilent to pursue other business
"We are creating a new Agilent with a simplified structure that can move
quickly to develop and deliver industry-leading total workflow solutions
for our customers," said William (Bill) Sullivan, Agilent president and
CEO. "Lars is the ideal leader or the new group with his years of
experience, depth of market knowledge and superb leadership style."
Agilent also announced that with the spinoff of its electronic
measurement business, it has created a new Agilent Order Fulfillment
organization. Henrik Ancher-Jensen has been named president of Agilent
Order Fulfillment and senior vice president of Agilent. He replaces Gooi
Soon Chai, who is joining the electronic measurement spinoff company.
Ancher-Jensen was previously vice president, Global Product Supply, for
Agilent's Diagnostics and Genomics Group, and corporate vice president,
Global Operations, for Dako.
"Henrik understands the priority of customer satisfaction while at the
same time contributing to margin expansion goals. His experience and
drive for excellence makes him a great match for this important
position," Sullivan said.
"The new simplified organization positions an already strong set of
businesses for greater growth and shareholder return," Sullivan said.
Holmkvist joined Agilent in June 2012, when Agilent acquired Dako. He
had been president and CEO of Dako since 2009. Before joining Dako,
Holmkvist served as president, Europe, for Applied Biosystems, where he
was later promoted to president, International, with responsibilities
for all commercial operations outside the U.S.
Holmkvist brings more than 25 years' experience within the medical
device and pharmaceutical industries, where he has held increasingly
significant roles in marketing, sales and business management. He holds
a degree in economics from Handelshogskolan Sundsvall in Sweden.
Ancher-Jensen came to Agilent in June 2012 with the acquisition of Dako.
He joined Dako in 2006 as vice president, Supply Chain, and chief
information officer, and was subsequently promoted to corporate vice
president, Global Operations. Prior to joining Dako, he spent more than
15 years in senior management roles and management consulting with Chr.
Hansen, Deloitte (News - Alert) Consulting and NVE. Ancher-Jensen holds a degree in
economics from Aarhus University in Denmark.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,500
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
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