• 1943
    (b.) - ?


Born in New York City, New York, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 1965 and received his MS in electrical engineering in 1966. He went from there to Hewlett-Packard's Palo Alto headquarters, where he became a true believer in "the Hewlett-Packard Way," a style of management that involved a great deal of interaction among management staff and employees. His experience in marketing as well as his leadership of a new division in Seattle made him a candidate for running the Agilent spin-off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999. He took over leadership of Agilent just as the market for Agilent's high-tech products went into a steep and prolonged decline. His response to the crisis that followed put his skills to a severe test. He served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Agilent Technologies until 2005 when he retired. He is chairman of the KLA?Tencor Corporation and serves on the board of the Tech Museum of Innovation, eBay, and Adobe. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and was a member of their Board Of Directors from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, he was presented with the John W. Gardner Leadership Award in recognition of his continuing commitment to building community, service, and philanthropy in Silicon Valley. Other awards he has received are: AeA Medal of Achievement, 2002; Excellence in Leadership Communication Award, International Association of Business Communicators, 2003; Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, 2003; and National Day Award, Singapore, 2004.
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    Headed the Agilent spin-off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999
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