Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced Simon May has been named president of the company's Diagnostics and Genomics Group (DGG). May, previously executive vice president and president of the Life Science Group at Bio-Rad Laboratories, will join Agilent on May 6. 

"We are excited to welcome Simon May to the Agilent team," said Padraig McDonnell, COO and CEO-elect. "Simon's deep technical knowledge, his broad range of experience, and his career-long focus on strategy, continuous improvement and operational excellence are critical additions to our DGG organization as we capitalize on the opportunities that lie in front of us in helping our customers bring great science to life."

Prior to his role with the Life Science Group, Simon served in other positions at Bio-Rad, including senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Biology Group, and as senior vice president of Global Commercial Operations. Before joining Bio-Rad in 2014, May held positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific for 10 years as well as MWG Biotech. He began his career in laboratory roles before moving into sales, product management, and business leadership positions.

May earned his bachelor's degree and his doctorate in genetics/molecular biology from England's University of Liverpool, where he later spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow.