Agilent appoints former energy exec as new board director

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  • Published: Sep 18, 2015
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Source: Agilent Technologies
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Agilent Technologies has announced the election of Sue Rataj to its board of directors, effective immediately. Rataj was chief executive of BP’s global petrochemicals business before retiring in April 2011. She was also a group vice president of BP and held a series of senior management positions.

‘We are delighted to welcome Sue to the Agilent board of directors,’ said James Cullen, Agilent chairman. ‘Her professional achievements, executive leadership skills and industry knowledge will be extremely valuable to the company’s growth plans. Sue’s insights into both chemical and pharmaceutical markets are particularly relevant as Agilent continues to expand its success in analytical laboratories to life science solutions and diagnostics markets.’

Rataj, then based in Hong Kong, retired from BP in April 2011. In September 2011, she joined the board of Cabot, a specialty chemicals and performance-materials manufacturer, based in Boston, Massachusetts, US. In April 2012, Rataj joined the supervisory board of Bayer, a German manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, plastics, specialty materials and agricultural chemicals. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, and subsequently received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

‘I am pleased to be joining the Agilent board of directors, particularly at this exciting time in its growth,’ Rataj said. ‘I have known Agilent through its excellent reputation in chemical analysis markets for many years. The company is now leveraging its success in those markets into new and growing life sciences and diagnostics markets. I am very much looking forward to being a part of the strategic transition in Agilent’s growth and success.’

(Photo of Sue Rataj courtesy of Cabot.)

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