Women in Business 2014: Shireen Donaldson, Agilent Technologies

Vice president of human resources, Agilent Technologies, 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa 95403, 707-577-6424, www.home.agilent.com

Age: 52

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional Background: Human resources

Education: MBA, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; B.A., applied science, Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Staff: I currently have five direct reports and a total team of 12 employees.

[caption id="attachment_94214" align="alignright" width="252"] Shireen Donaldson[/caption]

Tell us about yourself and your company: I was born in New Zealand and lived most of my life in Australia, moving to California with my husband and three wonderful daughters 10 years ago. I get a lot of energy when connecting with people and this is reflected in my career, which started out as a midwife, moved into working for nonprofit organizations and adult education, and now I am working in human resources (HR) at Agilent -- soon to be Keysight Technologies -- leading the business HR and learning and development teams.

 I have been at Agilent for the last 15 years, working across many different business groups as we have made many exciting changes. Agilent split off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999, and now we are entering the next phase of our journey as a stand-alone, pure-play electronic measurement company -- Keysight Technologies. Keysight is an exciting company to work for, pushing the frontiers of technology in the area of electronic measurement.

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