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Movers & Shakers: Mar 5, 2010

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Adrian Dillon is stepping down as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Agilent Techologies, effective April 1, the company said this week. He will be replaced by Didier Hirsch.

Dillon is joining internet phone company Skype as CFO and administration officer.
He joined Agilent in December 2001 and has been responsible for managing the company's finance functions, strategic planning, and corporate development, as well as sharing in administrative services, including information technology and global sourcing.

Hirsch is presently vice president, corporate controllership and tax at Agilent and has been with the company since its founding in 1999. Prior to joining Agilent, he was CFO of Hewlett-Packard Europe, Middle East, and Africa.


Vermillion said this week that Carl Severinghaus has been appointed to its board.

Severinghaus is currently with Tecan, where he has held a number of different management positions, including president of Tecan Americas since last year. He is responsible for sales and operations for the Americas sales region.


Patrik Bjöörn has joined Denator as an application specialist, the Swedish sample prep firm said this week.

He will be responsible for technical support. Bjöörn joins Denator from Biolin Scientific where he was a senior sales and application specialist. Before that he was at Q-Sense as a sales director and president of the company's US branch.

The Scan

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