Keysight Appoints Satish Dhanasekaran as President of the Communications Solutions Group

KeysightKeysight Technologies has announced that Satish Dhanasekaran will succeed Mike Gasparian as president of the Communications Solutions Group. Gasparian, who has chosen to retire, will remain as an advisor through the end of the year to assist with the transition. Keysight also announced the addition of Marie Hattar to its executive team as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

Dhanasekaran, who is currently vice president and general manager of the Wireless Devices and Operators solution unit within the Communications Solutions Group, has held a variety of leadership roles throughout his 21 years in the communications ecosystem. He has managed solution conception, development and go-to-market strategies of design and test solutions for the wireless industry, and has sponsored the company’s participation in standards bodies, collaborations and consortia that define wireless technology innovation.

He has held a variety of leadership roles at Agilent Technologies and Keysight, initially joining the company in 2006 in the Americas sales organization, leading customer engagements and the Application Engineering Organization. In 2014, as the Microwave and Communications Division marketing manager, Dhanasekaran created and executed go-to-market strategies for products and modular solutions. In 2015, Dhanasekaran was named general manager of the Mobile Broadband Organization and created platforms that now give Keysight a competitive advantage in 5G design and test. He started his career with Motorola designing and leading the development of first-generation smart phone devices.

Before being named Keysight’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hattar held that position for Ixia, which was recently acquired by Keysight. Completing the acquisition of Ixia to accelerate Keysight’s strategies for growth, and creating the CMO role, marks an inflection point for the company. These growth strategies include expanding Keysight’s software solutions and end-to-end software-centric test offerings to better serve evolving communications development lifecycles, while strengthening Ixia’s advancing leadership position in the rapidly-growing visibility and security markets.

Hattar has more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience spanning the security, routing, switching, telecom and mobility markets. Before becoming CMO of Ixia, she held the same position at Check Point Software Technologies, where she reestablished the company as the leading end-to-end security vendor. Prior to that, she was vice president at Cisco, where she led the company’s enterprise networking and security portfolio and helped drive the company’s leadership in networking. Prior to Cisco, she held senior marketing positions at Nortel Networks, Alteon WebSystems and Shasta Networks.