October 18 2017.)
Status of Keysight headquarters
and people in Santa Rosa:
October 17 -- CEO Ron Nersesian interviewed by phone on Fox
- All 1,500 Sonoma County employees have been
- 112 lost their homes. Hundreds displaced.
- The four main headquarters buildings have
only minor damage. Have rented temporary space.
- 90% of worldwide Keysight employees are
outside Sonoma County.
- "The company that started the growth spurt
in Silicon Valley 80 years ago..."
- Nersesian "...has got to be the best boss
in the nation right now."
- Providing $10,000 to each of the employees
who lost their homes and $1,000 in cash to those who were
- KEYS stock near 52-week high.
"The employees -- even those who have lost
their homes -- are volunteering to help others."
"The original HP DNA is alive and kicking at Keysight"
Average length-of-service for Sonoma County is 20 years.
(interview starts at 1:30)
Nersesian joined HP as an engineer in 1984
Keysight press releases:
SF Chronicle article -- October 11:
"Keysight was the original business founded by Bill Hewlett
and Dave Packard in 1939. Hewlett-Packard spun it off into
Agilent Technologies in 1999, which, in turn, spun out
Keysight in 2013. The company generated nearly $3 billion in
revenue last year..."
"The first order of business was to account for the 1,500
employees who work at the headquarters. As of Wednesday
morning, Keysight had reached all but 200. [Keysight CEO] Nersesian learned that one employee was in critical
condition with severe burns at UC Davis Medical Center.
Fires destroyed 33 employees’ homes and forced hundreds of
people to evacuate..."
"The company will pay out $10,000 to employees who lost
homes and provide $1,000 to each worker forced to evacuate.
Those employees do not have to repay the company. Keysight
also established a location in Santa Rosa where employees
could meet, exchange information, and drop off goods..."
"Keysight owns about 200 mostly wooded acres. The buildings
sit on just 95 of those acres. The four main buildings are
surrounded on all sides by large surface parking lots, which
absorbed the brunt of the fires..."
“Safety is first, second and third,” Nersesian said. “You
don’t care about short-term financial impact. That doesn’t
mean anything compared to the employees.”
San Jose Mercury article -- Updated October 13:
"Keysight has a long history in Santa Rosa. In 1972, the
ancestor of the company, Hewlett-Packard, began operations
in Santa Rosa. Keysight was part of the Agilent Technologies
spin-off from H-P. Eventually, Keysight was spun off from
Agilent. ' We are from the original Hewlett-Packard
company,' Nersesian said. Nersesian believes the company’s
roots of considering the needs of employees are serving it
well amid the fire disaster.
guarantee you that the original DNA of Hewlett-Packard
exists in Keysight, and is completely alive and kicking,'
[Keysight CEO] Nersesian said. 'We
have survived through many technology waves and technology
changes and macroeconomic cycles. We are here for the long
term and really excited about the future.' ”
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