Agilent Technologies Inc., a leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications 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 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.
As a first step in the transition, Agilent’s board of directors has appointed McMullen president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. McMullen, 53, has been senior vice president, Agilent, and president of the company’s CAG since 2009. Sullivan, 64, has been president and CEO of Agilent since March 2005. He joined Hewlett-Packard, Agilent’s predecessor company, in 1976.