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Padraig McDonnell Assumes Agilent CEO Role

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May 2024- Agilent Technologies announced that Padraig McDonnell has assumed the role of Agilent CEO, effective immediately. The company announced his appointment as part of its CEO transition plan announced in February 21. McDonnell is the fourth CEO in Agilent’s history and succeeds Mike McMullen, who will serve as an adviser until he retires Oct. 31.

“It’s an incredible honor to serve as CEO of this great company that impacts the world by advancing the quality of life,” McDonnell said. “I’m proud of how we forge partnerships with our customers to help them bring great science to life, and I’m excited to lead Agilent because of the possibilities that lie ahead for us.”

“Based on his proven record of success, we firmly believe Padraig McDonnell is the right choice to lead Agilent,” said Koh Boon Hwee, chairman of Agilent’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with him to build on that success as CEO.”

In February, McDonnell, 52, became CEO-elect after serving as president of Agilent CrossLab Group (ACG) since May 2020. He expanded his role in November 2021, also becoming chief commercial officer.

As President of ACG, McDonnell drove outstanding growth in Agilent’s services business, with significant improvements in profitability and customer satisfaction. As chief commercial officer, he also led the transformation of the customer experience at Agilent by improving the end-to-end customer journey and customer lifetime value.

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Before becoming ACG president, McDonnell held the position of vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Chemistries and Supplies Division. He was appointed to this role in 2017. He has been in the analytical- and scientific-instrument industry for 26 years, starting his career with Agilent’s predecessor Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1998.

“With Padraig at the helm, the future is bright for Agilent,” McMullen said. “His leadership skills, knowledge and customer focus will serve the company well for many years to come.”

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