Agilent Technologies Combines Its Life Sciences and Diagnostics Businesses;
Lars Holmkvist Named Group President
Company Creates New Order-Fulfillment Organization;
Henrik Ancher-Jensen Named President
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- September 19, 2013
Agilent Technologies 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 opportunities.
“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 for 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
“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
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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