Agilent’s Values: Built to Last

Agilent’s enduring values define the company’s culture

Agilent’s enduring values define the company’s culture

As new CEO Mike McMullen assumes leadership of Agilent, he readily acknowledges the values that the company is built upon.

“Agilent’s global team is based on a foundation of wonderful core values,” McMullen said at a recent gathering of employees.  “Values of trust, teamwork, respect for the individual and innovation were built to last. They define a culture that makes us unique and makes this a special place to work. And I will continue to live those core values as your next CEO.”

Agilent’s values have been consistent since the company first launched in 1999. (They have their roots in the legendary “HP Way,” which was established more than 50 years ago.)

  • Innovation & Contribution. We differentiate our contribution in the eyes of our customers. We invent and discover solutions and seek new ideas to help our customers.
  • Trust, Respect & Teamwork. We treat all Individuals with respect. We create an inclusive environment that fosters respect for each person’s ideas and contributions. We realize the full power of a global, diverse workforce.
  • Uncompromising Integrity. We never compromise integrity in any relationships with customers, competitors, suppliers or employees. We adhere to the highest standards of business ethics and acknowledge anything less as unacceptable.
  • Speed. We anticipate and respond to customer and business needs with an intense sense of urgency.  We act decisively to make course corrections if one path isn’t working.
  • Focus. We make tough trade-offs.  We prioritize and simplify to understand what’s really important. We focus on anticipating and satisfying customer needs.
  • Accountability. We do what we say we’ll do. We make straightforward commitments and follow through on them.

“Our values – the most fundamental part of Agilent –will remain the core foundation of our company,” McMullen said.  “They help make Agilent an admired company around the world. They make it a place where we want to spend our time. We will stay true to these values.”


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The Father of the Green Revolution

Norman Borlaug sought to reduce global hunger and starvation

Norman Borlaug sought to reduce global hunger and starvation

Tomorrow is the birthday of Norman Borlaug, who was born on March 25, 1914.  Dr. Borlaug is one of only seven people who have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.  He is also the recipient of numerous international humanitarian awards.

After studying plant pathology and genetics, Borlaug developed new varieties of wheat that were disease resistant and had higher yields.  (Over 10 years, his group made more than 6,000 individual crossings of wheat.)  Mexico, which previously had to import most of its wheat, was able to become a net exporter.  India and Pakistan were able to almost double their wheat production.

In the 1960s, Borlaug’s work with wheat led to the development of new high-yield varieties of rice.  Within five years, land in Asia dedicated to growing rice expanded from 200 acres to more than 40 million acres.  In the 1980s, Borlaug helped Africa to double its yields of maize and sorghum.

Borlaug’s goal was to reduce hunger and starvation in the poorest parts of the world.  Ironically, his practices have been criticized for increasing social inequality, as many regions replaced subsistence farming with large-scale single-crop farming.  Nevertheless, Borlaug is credited with saving more than 1 billion lives because of his work.

“Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world,” he said.  “The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.”

Agilent is a leading global supplier of solutions for food safety and quality, as well as environmental safety.  Agilent is also committed to conducting its business in an ethical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.


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Welcome, Mike McMullen

Mike McMullen is introduced today as Agilent’s new CEO

Mike McMullen is introduced today as Agilent’s new CEO

At Agilent’s annual meeting of shareholders, 30-year company veteran Mike McMullen was formally introduced as the company’s new chief executive officer.

“For only the third time in our history, we have named a new CEO at Agilent,” said James Cullen, Agilent’s non-executive chairman of the board.  “Mike McMullen has a proven track record of building highly profitable, market-leading businesses.  I am very confident that under Mike’s leadership, you will see the results of Agilent’s continued commitment to lead in our markets.”

McMullen followed the chairman’s remarks with a presentation to shareholders.  “Agilent’s mission is to inspire discoveries for a better world, every day,” McMullen said, as he shared the company’s strategies for success in the coming year.

“First, we will grow through leadership in the analytical lab,” McMullen said, highlighting Agilent’s presence in 265,000 laboratories around the world dedicated to pharmaceuticals, energy, food safety, forensics, research and the environment.  “Our goal is to improve both the science and the economics of the laboratory.

“Second, we will grow by leveraging our analytical strength into diagnostics,” McMullen said.  “We will increase our presence in clinical research and diagnostics laboratories, with a focus on genomics and cancer applications.”

In a message to Agilent’s 12,000 employees around the world, McMullen shared his deep affection for the company as well as its strong culture and values, which have endured for more than 50 years.

“Like you, I love this company and I am passionate about its success,” McMullen said.  “I am inspired every day by your commitment to excellence as together we achieve our mission of inspiring discoveries for a better world. As your new company leader, I look forward to our exciting journey ahead as the new Agilent.”


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