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Keysight Hires Vice President for Communications Group

Mirroring its shift into software tools that probe wireless networks, Keysight Technologies is refreshing its executive ranks and creating a new role to convey that strategy to customers.

The company announced on Friday that Satish Dhanasekaran had taken over as vice president of its communications solutions group, which sells equipment for testing wireless devices, internet infrastructure, and aerospace applications. He replaces Mike Gasparian, who will retire.

Mr. Dhanasekaran, who helped build Motorola's first generation of smartphones, joined the test equipment firm in 2006. He worked his way to lead the marketing team for its microwave and communications division. Before the recent promotion, he managed Keysight's wireless devices and operations unit, overseeing the company's 5G efforts.

On Friday, the company also appointed Marie Hattar as the first chief marketing officer at Keysight, the former test equipment division of Agilent Technologies. She held the same role at her previous employer, Ixia. Keysight acquired the company, whose software tools probe wireless networks, for $1.6 billion in January.

Keysight believes that Ixia’s software is critical for simulating and testing wireless networks, which are growing more complex and heterogeneous. The software, which is used by top wireless carriers and network equipment makers, is particularly proficient at peeking into wireless networks and finding security holes.

Keysight, which also acquired more than 700 software engineers in the acquisition, said that these tools dovetail with its bench top equipment, which analyze the electrical, wireless, and optical characteristics of devices. The deal closed in April.

Keysight is the latest test equipment maker to play musical chairs with its executive ranks. Earlier this month, Rohde & Schwarz, who has been targeting 5G wireless technology, hired a new vice president of its test and measurement unit. The job went to Andreas Pauly, its former president of signal generators, audio analyzers, and power meters.

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