Padraig McDonnell Takes Helm as Agilent Technologies' New CEO, Pledges to Elevate Scientific Impact

02 May 2024 | Thursday | News

Padraig McDonnell Assumes Agilent CEO Role

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Padraig McDonnell has assumed the role of Agilent CEO, effective immediately. His appointment is part of the company’s CEO transition plan announced Feb. 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.”

Before being named CEO-elect in February, McDonnell, 52, had served as president of the Agilent CrossLab Group (ACG) since May 2020. His role leading ACG expanded in November 2021, when he was also named to lead the company’s commercial organization as 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.

Prior to becoming ACG president, McDonnell was vice president and general manager of Agilent's Chemistries and Supplies Division, a role to which he was named 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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