Updated on 7 October 2014
Agilent Technologies recently announced that Mike McMullen, senior vice president, Agilent, and president of the company's Chemical Analysis Group (CAG), will succeed William (Bill) Sullivan as CEO on March 18, 2015. Sullivan will remain as an advisor through the end of the company's fiscal year, Oct. 31, 2015, when he will retire.
As a first step in the transition, Agilent's board of directors has appointed McMullen aged 53 as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
"This transition is the culmination of our succession planning, and comes at a time of strength as Agilent begins to deliver the shareholder benefits of the recent spinoff of its electronic measurement business," said James Cullen, chairman of Agilent's board of directors.
As president and COO, McMullen will be responsible for the company's businesses, CAG and Life Sciences and Diagnostics Group, Order Fulfillment and the newly formed Agilent CrossLab Group, as well as the global organization that houses IT, workplace services, global sourcing and logistics.
McMullen joined Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1984 as a financial analyst in the Analytical Products Group. Since then he has served in various senior management positions. As president of Agilent's Chemical Analysis business, he was responsible for companywide organizations in the chemical and energy, food and environmental markets, as well as the services and consumables business for CAG and Life Sciences.