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Agilent spinoff introduced to T&M industry

09 Jan 2014

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Rowe: Why will the company headquarters be in Santa Rosa, Calif. as opposed to Silicon Valley where Agilent has its headquarters?

Alexander: We have a long history in Santa Rosa going back before Agilent. Much of our product development is there and has been for many years. We will maintain sales and support in Silicon Valley, which is close to many customers. Our engagement with customers in Silicon Valley won't change at all.

Rowe: When Agilent split from HP in 1999, I recall an excitement among people I knew there at the time. What's the general feeling now?

Alexander: People are excited in much the same way. We were thrilled to be out from under HP then and that feeling is back. We will now be able to focus the entire company on electronic measurements. That goes right to the core. We'll carry on the legacy started by Hewlett and Packard 75 years ago.

Rowe: What will become of Agilent Labs?

Alexander: A few years ago, Agilent functionally divided Agilent labs in to two operations. One focused on life sciences, while the other, called Measurement Research Labs (MRL), focused on electronic measurements. From a functional standpoint, that split already occurred. From a practical standpoint, the two labs are still co-located and will remain that way. At the main lab in Santa Clara, Calif., Keysight will lease lab space from Agilent, but in other locations, Agilent will lease lab space from Keysight.

Rowe: Do you expect any change in number of employees in the first year?

Alexander: There will be no immediate impact for employees. When the separation is completed, the employees will work for one of the two companies.

Rowe: Do you expect the new company to do business differently than it did under Agilent?

Alexander: We don't expect any changes at all. We have a rich relationship with our direct sales offices, service centres, channel partners, and distributors around the world. These are all valuable assets.

Rowe: DesignCon, an event that grew out of HP/Agilent, is important for your company. What name will be on your booth?

Alexander: We will be Agilent. Keysight won't be a legal entity until Aug.s 1, 2014.

Rowe: Jay, thank you for your time. I look forward to seeing you at DesignCon to talk about oscilloscopes and the new company.

Alexander: I'll be there.

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