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Gazette Premium Content Executive with Agilent in Colorado Springs gets new gig with Agilent spinoff

By Wayne Heilman Published: May 13, 2014

Jay Alexander, a longtime executive at Agilent Technologies Inc. in Colorado Springs, has been named chief technology officer of Keysight Technologies Inc., a new public company that will be created this year when Agilent spins off its test and measurement operations.

Alexander will lead technology development and related operations for Keysight at its Santa Rosa, Calif., headquarters. The company will have 9,500 employees and generate an estimated $2.9 billion in annual revenue when the spinoff is completed in November.

Alexander has been vice president and general manager of Agilent's Oscilloscope and Protocol Division for five years and has spent 28 years in various engineering and management positions with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Agilent, which was spun off from HP in 1999.

"We looked inside and outside our company for someone who not only knows technology but has led a business organization and therefore understands business issues as well," Keysight CEO Ron Nersesian said in a news release announcing Alexander's appointment. "This will help drive the right product strategy for Keysight.

Jay has a strong R&D background, is highly respected in the industry, and has helped drive key growth and profit increases in the company."

Alexander joined HP in 1986 as a manufacturing and test engineer and was promoted three years later to test engineering manager of oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.

Alexander moved into research and development as an engineer and later a manager. He was product planning manager for Agilent's Design Verification Division, marketing manager for its Network and Digital Solutions Business Unit and architecture and business intelligence manager for its Electronic Measurement operations.

Alexander has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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