Vice president of human resources, Agilent Technologies, 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa 95403, 707-577-6424, www.home.agilent.com
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.
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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.
Our revenues last year were $2.9 billion, and when we begin operating independently later this year, we will have about 9,500 employees globally and sell in more than 100 countries. What I love about the company are all the amazing people. One of the hallmarks of our company is the strength of our culture, which is based around empowering people, a high level of trust and respect, and an amazing amount of creativity and innovation. Working for a premier technology company is incredibly exciting. I look at my career and fully appreciate all the great opportunities I have had to learn, live overseas, meet and work with incredible people.
Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: I often say that I have the best job in the company -- I get to work with the most passionate, energized people across the organization every day. I feel extremely proud of supporting and coaching our leaders. The business HR and learning and development teams work deep inside the business, every day supporting the leadership team. When teams of people are led by focused, energized leaders they believe in, the excitement of being on a winning team and delivering results becomes contagious.
The dynamics of our business are constantly changing and over the past year the business HR and learning and development teams have partnered with the leadership team to drive a transformation of our business. I have the opportunity to work with amazing, energized people and leaders -- in many ways, this award is for them and the business HR and learning and development teams that support the leaders.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?: As a leader for the company, I feel very proud of where we are and what we have accomplished. The company's value proposition in the market is all about innovation, and innovation is all about great people. A key sustainable competitive advantage is directly connected with who we hire, how we focus and inspire our employees and create the environment that enables them to unleash their creativity.