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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SCHEDULE 14A
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Dear Stockholders:

 
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
1400 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, California 95403

January 23, 2023




On behalf of the board of directors (“Board of Directors” or “Board”) of Keysight Technologies, Inc. (“Keysight”), I am pleased to invite you to attend our 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2023 Annual Meeting”) to be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time, at Keysight’s corporate offices at 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, California 95403 (U.S.A.). Stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 17, 2023 (the “Record Date”) are entitled to vote.
 
If you are unable to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting in person, you may listen through the Internet. To listen to the live webcast, log on at www.investor.keysight.com and select the link for the webcast. The webcast will begin at 8:00 a.m. and a recording of the webcast will remain on Keysight’s website for six months. You cannot record your vote or ask questions on this website.
 
Details regarding how to attend the meeting and the business to be conducted at the meeting are more fully described in the accompanying Notice of 2023 Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement.
 
On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for being a Keysight stockholder and for your continued support of Keysight.
 
Sincerely,
 

 
Satish C. Dhanasekaran
President and Chief Executive Officer
Admission to the 2023 Annual Meeting will be limited to stockholders and their proxies. You are entitled to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting only if you are a stockholder of record as of the close of business on January 17, 2023, the Record Date, or hold a valid proxy for the meeting. In order to be admitted to the 2023 Annual Meeting, you must present proof of ownership of Keysight stock as of the Record Date. This can be a brokerage statement or letter from a bank or broker indicating ownership on January 17, 2023, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, a proxy card or legal Proxy or voting instruction card provided by your broker, banker or nominee. Any holder of a proxy from a stockholder must present the voting card, properly executed, and a copy of the proof of ownership. Stockholders and proxyholders may also be asked to present a form of photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Backpacks, cameras, cell phones with cameras, recording equipment and other electronic recording devices will not be permitted at the 2023 Annual Meeting. Keysight reserves the right to inspect any person or proposals prior to their admission to the 2023 Annual Meeting. Failure to follow the meeting rules or permit inspection will be grounds for exclusion from the 2023 Annual Meeting.

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NOTICE OF 2023 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
MEETING LOGISTICS
DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2023
TIME: 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time
PLACE: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
1400 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, California 95403 (U.S.A.)
ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Elect four directors to a 3-year term;
Ratify the Audit and Finance Committee’s appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm;
Approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of Keysight’s named executive officers;
Approve an amendment to Keysight’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify the Board of Directors; and
Consider such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
IMPORTANT MEETING INFORMATION
Record Date
Stockholders of record as of close of business on January 17, 2023 (“Record Date”) will be entitled to vote and participate in the 2023 Annual Meeting.
2023 Annual Meeting Admission
To be admitted to the 2023 Annual Meeting, you must present proof of ownership of Keysight stock as of the Record Date. This can be a brokerage statement or letter from a bank or broker indicating ownership on the Record Date, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, a proxy card, legal proxy or voting instruction card provided by your broker, bank or nominee. You may also be asked to present a form of photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport. The Annual Meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. Limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on March 16, 2023
On or about January 27, 2023, we will commence mailing to the majority of our shareholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) directing shareholders to a website where they can access the proxy statement for our Annual Meeting, Annual Report, and view instructions on how to vote their shares by Internet or telephone. Our proxy statement follows. Financial and other information concerning Keysight is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “Annual Report”).

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By Order of the Board of Directors,

Jeffrey K. Li
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Santa Rosa, California
January 23, 2023
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. PLEASE VOTE.

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PROXY SUMMARY
This summary provides an overview of selected information in this year’s Proxy Statement. We encourage you to read the entire Proxy Statement before voting. In this Proxy Statement, the terms “Keysight,” “we,” and “our” refer to Keysight Technologies Inc. Information presented in this Proxy Statement is based on Keysight’s fiscal year starting with November 1 and ending on October 31 of each year (“Fiscal Year” or “FY”), unless specifically stated otherwise.
ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
Date & Time:
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Location:
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
1400 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, California 95403 (U.S.A.)
Record Date:
January 17, 2023
VOTING MATTERS
Stockholders will be asked to vote on the following matters at the 2023 Annual Meeting:
Board Recommendation
PROPOSAL 1. Elect four directors to a 3-year term
Vote FOR
each director
nominee
PROPOSAL 2. Ratify the Audit and Finance Committee’s appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm
Vote FOR
PROPOSAL 3. Approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation of
Keysight’s named executive officers (“NEOs”)
Vote FOR
PROPOSAL 4. Approve an amendment to Keysight’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify the Board of Directors
Vote FOR

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KEYSIGHT AT A GLANCE
Keysight is a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. We provide electronic design emulation and test solutions that are used in simulation design, validation, manufacture, installation, optimization and secure operations of electronics systems in the communications, networking and electronics industries. We also offer customization and optimization services throughout the customer’s product development lifecycle, including start-up assistance, asset management, up-time services, application services and instrument calibration and repair.
32,000+
2,000+
14,000+
798,000+
Customers, including
our indirect channel, in
more than 100
countries
Active US and foreign
patents issued or
pending
Diverse employees
located around the
world
Students and future
engineers engaged
through Science,
Technology,
Engineering and Math
(“STEM”) education in
Fiscal Year 2022
OUR VALUES
At Keysight, we are driven to deliver breakthrough solutions and trusted insight in electronic design, test, manufacture, and optimization to help customers accelerate the innovations that connect and secure the world. Our values guide how we work with each other and how we interact with our customers, our suppliers, our partners, our stockholders, and our communities. Keysight’s values make our culture dynamic, inclusive, inspiring, and powerful, creating a space where innovation and experimentation thrive.
GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS
BOARD COMPOSITION
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee”) regularly reviews the overall composition of the Board and its committees to assess whether they reflect the appropriate mix of skills, experience, backgrounds and qualifications that are relevant to Keysight’s current and future business and strategy.
Each member of our Board has the necessary qualifications, expertise, and attributes in technology, global business, leadership, and financial literacy to be an effective member of the Board. The table below summarizes the number of Directors possessing each of the skills and experience we have determined are most relevant to the decision to nominate candidates to serve on the Board. Our director nominees’ biographies describe each director’s background and relevant experience in more detail.
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FISCAL YEAR 2023 BOARD PROFILE

BOARD REFRESHMENT
Thoughtful consideration is continuously given to the composition of our Board in order to maintain an appropriate mix of experience and qualifications, introduce fresh perspectives, and broaden and diversify the views and experience represented on the Board. To that end, we added two new directors to our Board in Fiscal Year 2022. As of the end of Fiscal Year 2022, the average tenure of our Board was five years.
OUR DIRECTORS
Committee Memberships (as of January 17, 2023)
Nominee
Age at
Record
Date
Director
Since
Board
Audit &
Finance
Committee
Compensation
and Human Capital
Committee
Executive
Committee
Nominating
& Corporate
Governance
Committee
James G. Cullen
80
October
2014
(C)
Satish C. Dhanasekaran
50
May
2022
Charles J. Dockendorff
68
October
2014
(C)
Richard P. Hamada
64
October
2014
Michelle J. Holthaus
49
May
2022
Paul A. Lacouture
72
March
2019
Ronald S. Nersesian
63
December
2013
(C)
(C)
Jean M. Nye
70
October
2014
(L)
(C)
Joanne B. Olsen
64
May
2019
Robert A. Rango
64
November
2015
Kevin A. Stephens
61
March
2022
(C) Chair
Member
(L) Lead Independent Director
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GOVERNANCE PRACTICES
We are advocates for the adoption of sound corporate governance policies that include strong Board leadership and strategic deliberation, prudent management practices and transparency.
Highlights of our Fiscal Year 2022 governance practices include, among others:
Nine of eleven directors are independent

Lead Independent Director with clearly defined role

Independent standing Board committees

Regular meetings of our independent directors without management present

27% of directors are female

27% of directors are Underrepresented Minorities (“URM”)

Average Board tenure of five years (as of end of Fiscal Year 2022)

Annual evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) by independent directors

Annual board self-assessment process
Policies prohibiting hedging, short selling and pledging of our common stock for all employees and directors

Stock ownership guidelines for executive officers and directors

Risk oversight by Board and Committees.

Board oversight for Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”)

Stockholder outreach program

Procedures for stockholders to communicate directly with the Board

Annual advisory vote on executive compensation

Periodic review of Committee charters and Corporate Governance Guidelines

Compensation and Human Capital Committee oversight of human capital management matters
This proxy statement includes a proposal to amend Keysight’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to phase out the classification of our Board over a three-year period such that, if approved, beginning with the election of directors at the 2026 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, all directors would stand for election annually for one-year terms.
STOCKHOLDER COMMUNICATION
Stockholder communication is essential to our ongoing review of our corporate environmental, social, governance and executive compensation programs and practices. This year, we reached out to stockholders representing over 44% of our outstanding shares and invited them to meet with our General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, our Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff (“CAO”), and our Director of Investor Relations.
LEADERSHIP CHANGES
In February 2022, Ronald S. Nersesian announced that he would retire as President and CEO of Keysight, effective May 1, 2022, but would remain Executive Chair of the Board (the “Executive Chair”). Also effective May 1, 2022, Satish C. Dhanasekaran was appointed President and CEO and was appointed to the Board. Mr. Dhanasekaran’s experience as Keysight’s Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) combined with Mr. Nersesian’s continued engagement as Executive Chair enabled a smooth and seamless transition of leadership.

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FISCAL YEAR 2022 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
We delivered exceptional results despite many headwinds, including geopolitical challenges, inflationary pressures, and continued supply chain disruptions. We continued to advance our software-centric solution strategy. As the rapid pace of technology accelerates, our customers across end markets are seeking deeper engagements earlier in the design cycle and are adopting our software solutions. Our ability to be resilient and nimble in this environment has been critical to long-term value creation for our stockholders, customers, and employees. Despite the challenges we faced, we maintained a sharp focus on our strategy, strong execution, and our operating model. Keysight’s deep customer engagements with industry leaders and high value, differentiated solutions continue to drive broad-based demand across key technology megatrends.
Our accomplishments included:
FISCAL YEAR 2022 LONG-TERM STOCKHOLDER VALUE CREATION
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) Revenue
$5.4B
10% YoY growth
GAAP Net Income
$1,124B
26% YoY growth
Non-GAAP Net Income
$1,388M
19% YoY growth
GAAP Earnings Per Share (“EPS”)
$6.18 per share
29% YoY growth
Non-GAAP EPS
$7.63 per share
22% YoY growth
LONG TERM STOCKHOLDER VALUE CREATION

(1)
Measured using the closing stock price on October 31, 2022 as compared to the closing stock price on October 31, 2017 and October 31, 2019 for the 5 Year and 3 Year TSR, respectively.
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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS HIGHLIGHTS
COMPENSATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES
Our commitment to designing an executive compensation program that is consistent with responsible financial and risk management is reflected in the following policies and practices:
What We Do
What We Don’t Do
Compensation and Human Capital Committee of the Board of Directors (“Compensation and Human Capital Committee”) is comprised 100% of independent directors

Independent compensation consultant retained by the Compensation and Human Capital Committee

Balance short- and long-term incentives, cash and equity, and fixed and variable pay elements to executive officers to discourage short-term risk taking at the expense of long-term results

Measurable ESG metric as a component of our executive short-term incentive plan (“STI”)

Performance-based equity awards comprising approximately 60% of the overall equity allocation to executive officers

84% of our NEOs’ pay is performance based and at risk

Set meaningful performance goals for performance-based annual and long-term compensation

Maximum limits on the amount of annual cash incentives and performance-based restricted stock units (“PSUs”) that may be paid out

Maintain a clawback policy that applies to both cash incentives and equity awards

Annually assess and mitigate compensation risk

Solicit an annual advisory vote on executive compensation

Maintain robust stock ownership guidelines
No employment agreements providing for multi-year guarantees of salary increases, non-performance-based bonuses or equity compensation.

No repricing or repurchasing of underwater stock options or stock appreciation rights without stockholder approval

No dividends or dividend equivalents on unearned awards

No executive officers engaging in hedging transactions or pledging our securities as collateral for loans

No single trigger change of control acceleration of vesting for equity awards

No excessive perquisites

No excessive severance benefits

No golden parachute tax gross-ups

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INCENTIVE PROGRAM – PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
As described more fully in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this Proxy Statement, our NEOs are compensated in a manner consistent with our performance-based pay philosophy and corporate governance best practices. Below are a few highlights of our pay for performance programs as they relate to our CEO, Executive Chair, and NEOs in Fiscal Year 2022.

(1)
Mr. Nersesian was President and CEO through April 30, 2022. He remains Executive Chair of the Board.
(2)
Mr. Dhanasekaran became President and CEO on May 1, 2022
(3)
Long Term Incentive Plan (“LTI”)
FISCAL YEAR 2022 INCENTIVE PLAN RESULTS
STI Plan Results
Goals
H1 Achievement
% of Target
H2 Achievement
% of Target
Non-GAAP EPS
107.8%
115.3%
Keysight Non-GAAP Revenue Growth
128.1%
143.8%
Keysight Non-GAAP Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) Growth
90.9%
80.0%
Worldwide Quota (“WWQ”)
107.0%
101.6%
Environmental, Social & Governance (“ESG”)
50.0%
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LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE PLAN (“LTP”) RESULTS
Fiscal Year 2020 - Fiscal Year 2022 PSU Grants: TSR
TSR Relative to S&P 500 Total Return Index for FY20-FY22
Pay-for-Performance
Results
Threshold
(25% Payout)
Target
(100% Payout)
Maximum
(200% Payout)
40 percentage
points below index
Equals Index
40 percentage
points above index
S&P 500 Total Return Index
39.2%
Keysight TSR
73.4%
34.1 ppts above index
185.3% Payout
Fiscal Year 2020 - Fiscal Year 2022 PSU Grants: Non-GAAP Operating Margin (“OM”)
Non-GAAP OM Goals for FY20-FY22
Actual OM Achievement
Year
Threshold
(50% Payout)
Target
(100% Payout)
Maximum
(200% Payout)
5 points below annual Non-GAAP OM plan
Achievement of annual Non-GAAP OM plan
5 points above annual Non-GAAP OM plan
2020
19.6%
24.6%
29.6%
25.4%
2021
20.9%
25.9%
30.9%
27.8%
2022
22.5%
27.5%
32.5%
29.3%
130% Payout
See the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement for more information.

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY KEY IMPACT GOALS
Keysight established targeted measures across environmental sustainability, social impact and ethical governance in Fiscal Year 2022. Goals have been identified to align with short-, mid-, and long-term efforts as noted.
Key Impact Goals by End of FY 2022
End Results through FY 2022
Value committed to strengthening communities
$250M
$284M+
Students and future engineers engaged through STEM education
650,000
798,000+
Global New Hires are Women by the end of Fiscal Year 2022
35.4%
32.6%
U.S. New Hires are URM(1)
by the end of Fiscal Year 2022
47.4%
49.1%
Material negative impact to the income statement and institutional investments
ZERO
ZERO
Key Impact Goal by End of Fiscal Year 2040
Emissions in Company Operations
NET ZERO
(1)
Keysight defines URM as an individual who self identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska native, or as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
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PROPOSAL 1:
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR NOMINATION CRITERIA: QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee performs an assessment of the skills and the experience needed to properly oversee the interests of Keysight and its stockholders. Generally, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviews both the short and long-term strategies of Keysight to determine what current and future skills and experience are required of the Board in exercising its oversight function. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee then compares those skills and experience to those of the current directors and potential director candidates. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee conducts targeted efforts to identify and recruit individuals who have the qualifications highlighted through this process.
The table below summarizes the key qualifications, skills, and attributes most relevant to the decision to nominate candidates to serve on the Board in Fiscal Year 2023. A mark indicates a specific area of focus or expertise on which the Board particularly relies. The absence of a mark does not mean the director does not possess that qualification or skill. Our director nominees’ biographies describe each director’s background and relevant experience in more detail.
VOTE REQUIRED
The affirmative vote by the holders of a majority of the shares of Keysight common stock present or represented by proxy and voting at the 2023 Annual Meeting is required for approval of this proposal, provided sufficient shares are represented for the required quorum. If you own shares through a bank, broker or other holder of record, you must instruct your bank, broker or other holder of record how to vote in order for them to vote your shares so that your vote can be counted on this proposal.
KEYSIGHT’S BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF THE DIRECTOR NOMINEES.

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Qualifications,
Expertise
& Attributes
James Cullen
Satish Dhanasekaran
Charles Dockendorff
Richard Hamada
Michelle Holthaus
Paul Lacouture
Ronald Nersesian
Jean Nye
Joanne Olsen
Robert Rango
Kevin Stephens
Board Diversity
Representation of gender and/or ethnic diversity
URM1
URM
F2
F
F
URM
Technology
A significant background working in technology, resulting in knowledge of how to anticipate technology trends, generate disruptive innovation and extend or create new business
Global Business
Experience cultivating and sustaining business relationships internationally and overseeing multinational operations
Leadership
Has overseen the execution of important strategic, operational and policy issues while serving in an executive or senior leadership role
Strategic Transactions
Background in leading organizations through significant strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and business combinations
Financial Literacy
Knowledge of financial markets, financing operations, complex financial management and accounting and financial reporting processes
Institutional Knowledge
Significant knowledge of our business strategy, operations, key performance indicators and competitive environment
Sales and Marketing
Has served in a senior sales management, marketing campaign management or marketing/ advertising role or function
Enterprise Human Capital Management
Enterprise-wide experience in recruiting, managing, developing and optimizing a company’s human resources
Information Security
Experience in creating, managing, or overseeing enterprise-wide information security programs
Environmental Matters
Experience in managing and overseeing enterprise-wide environmental policies, strategies, initiatives and investments
1
Keysight defines URM as an individual who self-identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska native, or as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
2
Female.
The table above summarizes the key qualifications, skills, and attributes most relevant to the decision to nominate candidates to serve on the Board. A mark indicates a specific area of focus or expertise on which the Board particularly relies. Not having a mark does not mean the director does not possess that qualification or skill.
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CURRENT DIRECTOR TERMS
Keysight’s Board is currently divided into three classes serving staggered three-year terms. Directors for each class are elected at the Annual Meeting held in the year in which the term for their class expires. Keysight’s Bylaws, as amended, allow the Board to fix the number of directors by resolution. In March 2022, the Board added Kevin A. Stephens as a director, thereby increasing the number of directors from nine to ten. In May 2022, the Board added Satish C. Dhanasekaran as a director, increasing the number of directors from ten to eleven. The composition of the Board as of December 31, 2022 and the term expiration dates for each director is as follows:
Class
Directors
Term Expires
I
Ronald S. Nersesian, Charles J. Dockendorff and Robert A. Rango
2024
II
James G. Cullen, Michelle J. Holthaus, Jean M. Nye and Joanne B. Olsen
2025
III
Satish C. Dhanasekaran, Richard P. Hamada, Paul A. Lacouture and Kevin A. Stephens
2023
Directors elected at the 2023 Annual Meeting will hold office for a three-year term expiring at the annual meeting in 2026 (or until their respective successors are elected and qualified, or until their earlier death, resignation or removal). Each nominee is a current director of Keysight, and information regarding each of the nominees is provided below as of December 31, 2022.
Proposal 4 in this Proxy Statement is a proposal to amend Keysight’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to phase out classification of our Board over a three-year period such that, if approved, beginning at the election of directors at the 2026 annual meeting of stockholders, all directors would be annually elected for a one-year terms (the “Declassification Amendment”). The affirmative vote of holders of at least 80% of the outstanding shares entitled to vote will be required to approve the Declassification Amendment. If the Declassification Amendment is not approved by our stockholders, the Board will remain classified.

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DIRECTOR NOMINEES FOR ELECTION TO NEW THREE-YEAR TERMS THAT WILL EXPIRE IN 2026
Satish C. Dhanasekaran
AGE: 50
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

May 2022
None
None
Mr. Dhanasekaran has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keysight since May 2022. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) since October 2020. He was Senior Vice President and President of the Communications Solutions Group from July 2017 to September 2020. From May 2016 to July 2017, Mr. Dhanasekaran served as Keysight’s Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Devices and Operators Business Unit. From June 2015 to May 2016, Mr. Dhanasekaran served as the General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Operation, and from November 2014 through June 2015, he led the marketing function for the Signal Analysis and Signal Sources Division. Mr. Dhanasekaran self-identifies as an Asian male.
IMPACT
Mr. Dhanasekaran’s diverse experience as a manager, General Manager, COO and CEO provides the Board with deep knowledge of the day-to-day working of Keysight businesses and operating model.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Sales and Marketing
Human Capital Management
Information Security
Environmental Matters
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Richard P. Hamada
AGE: 64
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

October 2014
Compensation and Human Capital

Nominating and Corporate Governance
Trinity Capital, Inc.

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Avnet, Inc.
Mr. Hamada served as the Chief Executive Officer of Avnet Inc. from July 2011 until July 2016 and as a member of the Avnet board of directors from February 2011 until July 2016. He first joined Avnet in 1983 and has served in many capacities including President from May 2010 until July 2011 and Chief Operating Officer from July 2006 until July 2011, as President of Avnet’s Technology Solutions operating group from July 2003 until July 2006, and as President of its Computer Marketing business unit from January 2002 until July 2003. Mr. Hamada holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University. Mr. Hamada self-identifies as an Asian male.
IMPACT
As a result of Mr. Hamada’s broad background in the technology and electronics industries, spanning his career, Mr. Hamada provides the Keysight Board with extensive sales, marketing and management knowledge.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Sales and Marketing
Information Security

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Paul A. Lacouture
AGE: 72
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

March 2019
Audit and Finance

Nominating and Corporate Governance
None

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Neustar, Inc.
Mr. Lacouture served as a director of Neustar, Inc. from 2007 to 2018. Mr. Lacouture retired in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Verizon Telecom, a telecommunications services provider, a position he had held since 2006. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Lacouture was President of the Verizon Network Services Group. Prior to the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger in July 2000, Mr. Lacouture was President of the Network Services group at Bell Atlantic. Mr. Lacouture received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Northeastern University. Mr. Lacouture self identifies as a white male.
IMPACT
Mr. Lacouture brings extensive management experience from numerous senior management positions and considerable public company director experience to the Keysight Board.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Sales and Marketing
Enterprise Human Capital Management
Information Security
Environmental Matters
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Kevin A. Stephens
AGE: 61
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

March 2022
Audit and Finance

Nominating and Corporate Governance
Crown Castle International Corp.

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

None
Mr. Stephens served as the Executive Vice President and President of the Business Services at Altice USA, a New York-based broadband and video services provider from December 2015 until January 2019. Prior to that, he served as President of Commercial and Advertising Operations at Suddenlink Communications, an Internet service provider, from December 2012 to November 2015 and also served as Senior Vice President, Commercial and Advertising Operations of Suddenlink Communications from May 2006 until November 2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stephens held senior leadership positions at both Fortune 500 and start-up firms, including Cox Communications, Choice One Communications, and Xerox Corporation. Mr. Stephens self identifies as black male.
IMPACT
Mr. Stephens brings to the Board extensive management experience and market insight in technology and internet services from numerous senior management positions.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Sales and Marketing
Information Security

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CONTINUING DIRECTORS NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR ELECTION AT THIS ANNUAL MEETING
The Keysight directors whose terms are not expiring this year are listed below. They will continue to serve as directors for the remainder of their terms or through such other date, in accordance with Keysight’s Bylaws. Information regarding each of such directors, as of December 31, 2022, is provided below.
DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS WILL EXPIRE IN 2024
Ronald S. Nersesian
AGE: 63
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

December 2013

November 2019 to present (Chair of the Board)
Executive (Chair)
None

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Trimble, Inc.
Mr. Nersesian has served as the Executive Chair since May 2022. From November 1, 2019 through April 2022, Mr. Nersesian served Chair of the Board and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keysight. From December 2013 through October 2019, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Keysight. In September 2013, Agilent announced that Mr. Nersesian would be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Keysight upon separation of Keysight from Agilent. Prior to that time, Mr. Nersesian held a variety of senior executive and senior management roles at Agilent, LeCroy and HP. Mr. Nersesian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. Mr. Nersesian self-identifies as a white male.
IMPACT
Mr. Nersesian brings to the Board strong business operational experience with technology companies and management expertise developed over three decades.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Sales and Marketing
Enterprise Human Capital Management
Information Security
Environmental Matters
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Charles J. Dockendorff
AGE: 68
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

October 2014
Audit and Finance (Chair)

Nominating and Corporate Governance
Boston Scientific Corporation

Haemonetics Corporation

Hologic, Inc.

Management Sciences for Health

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

None
Mr. Dockendorff served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Covidien plc from 2006 until his retirement in March 2015, and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 2006. Mr. Dockendorff was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Tyco Healthcare in 1995, having joined the Kendall Healthcare Products Company as Controller. He was named Vice President and Controller of Kendall in 1994. Prior to joining Kendall/Tyco Healthcare, Mr. Dockendorff was the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Epsco Inc. and Infrared Industries, Inc. Mr. Dockendorff is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science degree in Finance from Bentley College. Mr. Dockendorff self-identifies as a white male.
IMPACT
As a result of Mr. Dockendorff’s significant financial experience, Mr. Dockendorff provides the Keysight Board with extensive accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning, and audit knowledge.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Information Security

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Robert A. Rango
AGE: 64
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

November 2015
Audit and Finance

Nominating and Corporate Governance
KLA Corporation

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
Mr. Rango served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Enevate Corporation from June 2016 until his retirement in December 2022. Mr. Rango served from March 2002 to July 2014 as an executive at Broadcom Corporation. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Mobile and Wireless Group. During his tenure at Broadcom, Mr. Rango held many senior management positions in the company’s Network Infrastructure Business Unit, Mobile and Wireless Group and Wireless Connectivity Group. Mr. Rango received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York and his Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Rango self-identifies as a white male.
IMPACT
Mr. Rango possesses significant operating and leadership skills, including extensive experience in global semiconductor product marketing, development and sales. His mobile, wireless, semiconductor, optical, software and technology management expertise make him a valuable member of the Keysight Board.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Sales and Marketing
Information Security
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DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS WILL EXPIRE IN 2025
James G. Cullen
AGE: 80
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

October 2014
Compensation and Human Capital (Chair)

Nominating and Corporate Governance
Avinger, Inc.

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Cullen was President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Atlantic Corporation (now known as Verizon) from 1997 to June 2000 and a member of the office of Chair from 1993 to June 2000. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cullen was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecom Group of Bell Atlantic from 1995 to 1997. Prior to that time, Mr. Cullen held management positions with New Jersey Bell and AT&T. Mr. Cullen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Cullen self-identifies as a white male.
IMPACT
Mr. Cullen has considerable managerial and operational experience and expertise from his senior leadership position with Bell Atlantic and its predecessors. In addition, Mr. Cullen brings significant public company director experience and perspective on public company management and governance. Mr. Cullen has a strong understanding of Keysight’s business having served on the board of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (“Agilent”) for over 10 years, including more than five years as the non-executive Chair.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Sales and Marketing
Enterprise Human Capital Management

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Michelle J. Holthaus
AGE: 49
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

May 2021
Compensation and Human Capital

Nominating and Corporate Governance
None

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

None

Mrs. Holthaus has served as executive vice president and chief revenue officer at Intel Corporation since September 2019 where she leads Intel’s global sales, marketing and communications functions. She previously served as senior vice president and general manager of sales and marketing from July 2018 to September 2019, as corporate vice president and general manager of sales and marketing from September 2017 to July 2018, and as division vice president and division general manager of sales and marketing from February 2016 to September 2017. She has been with Intel since 1996 and has held a variety of roles within the products and marketing areas. Mrs. Holthaus received a B.A. in Finance from Linfield College. Mrs. Holthaus self-identifies as a white female.
IMPACT
Mrs. Holthaus brings a strong combination of sales and marketing experience, deep customer insight and financial acumen from her numerous senior management positions, making her a valuable addition to the Keysight Board.
Skills and Qualifications:
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Financial Literacy
Sales and Marketing
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Jean M. Nye
AGE: 70
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

October 2014

September 2022 to present (Lead Independent Director)
Compensation and Human Capital

Executive

Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair)
None

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

Adaptive Insights, Inc.
Ms. Nye served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Agilent from August 1999 through October 2014. As Agilent’s first Chief Human Resources Officer, she was responsible for the leadership and cultural transformation of the new company as it established its identity, strategy and management practices distinct from those of Hewlett Packard. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Nye served as the Director of Education for Hewlett Packard. During her 19-year tenure at Hewlett Packard, Ms. Nye held various positions in Manufacturing, Quality and Strategic Planning as well as Human Resources. Ms. Nye received her BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. Ms. Nye has served as a director of several schools and non-profit organizations. Ms. Nye self-identifies as a white female.
IMPACT
As advisor to several public technology companies, Ms. Nye has contributed particular expertise in Senior Executive succession planning. Ms. Nye has in-depth knowledge of Keysight and its businesses, having been a leader at Keysight’s predecessors, Agilent and HP, for over 30 years. Over the course of her career, she developed considerable expertise in Keysight’s businesses, policies and practices. This perspective provides valuable insight on the Keysight Board.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Institutional Knowledge
Enterprise Human Capital Management

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Joanne B. Olsen
AGE: 64
KEYSIGHT COMMITTEES:
PUBLIC DIRECTORSHIPS:

Director Since:

May 2019
Compensation and Human Capital

Nominating and Corporate Governance
Ciena Corporation

Teradata Corporation

Former Public Directorships Held During the Past Five Years:

None
Ms. Olsen most recently served as Executive Vice President of Oracle Global Cloud Services and Support until her retirement in 2017. She previously served as Senior Vice President and leader of Oracle’s applications sales, alliances and consulting organizations in North America. Ms. Olsen began her career with IBM, where, over the course of more than three decades, she held a variety of executive management positions across sales, global financing and hardware. Ms. Olsen holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Olsen also serves on the board of directors of Ciena Corporation and Teradata Corporation. Ms. Olsen self-identifies as a white female.
IMPACT
Ms. Olsen brings a strong combination of sales, support and product experience from numerous senior management positions and considerable public company director experience, making her a valuable addition to the Keysight Board.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Board Diversity
Technology
Global Business
Leadership
Strategic Transactions
Financial Literacy
Sales and Marketing
KEYSIGHT’S BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF THE DIRECTOR NOMINEES.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS
The Board is committed to sound and effective governance practices that promote long-term value and strengthen Board and management accountability to our stockholders. The following table highlights many of our key Fiscal Year 2022 governance practices.
9 of 11 Directors are independent

Separate CEO and Board Chair

Lead Independent Director with clearly defined role

Independent standing Board committees

Regular meetings of our independent directors without management present

27% of directors are female

27% of directors are URMs

Average Board tenure of five years (as of end of Fiscal Year 2022)

Annual evaluation of the CEO by independent directors

Annual board self-assessment process

Policies prohibiting hedging, short selling and pledging of our common stock for all employees and directors

Stock ownership guidelines for executive officers and directors

Risk oversight by Board and Committees

Board oversight for ESG Matters

Procedures for stockholders to communicate directly with the Board

Annual advisory vote on executive compensation

Periodic review of Committee charters and Corporate Governance Guidelines

Compensation and Human Capital Committee oversight of human capital management matters
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (“CSR”)
Keysight’s CSR strategy is a three-pronged approach that: 1) supports efforts that help the planet and company thrive; 2) engages Keysight stakeholders and aligns with company values; and 3) utilizes a formal governance structure and management system. Supported by a framework of foundational pillars – each with supporting policies, programs, action plans, and accountability – this strategy provides an enterprise-wide structure with which Keysight CSR efforts are aligned and against which they are measured. Keysight’s progress is tracked and reported through our annual CSR report and related materials.
ETHICAL GOVERNANCE
Keysight is committed to conducting business in an ethically responsible manner, with strategic and operational policies, procedures, and values that support transparency, sustainability, and legal compliance. Keysight’s leadership team places ethics at the core of our operations, and all employees are expected to uphold these values in their daily work. We regularly evaluate our Standards of Business

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Conduct (“SBC”) and monitor emerging issues to confirm that our standards are appropriate to meet contemporary business challenges while adhering to Keysight’s core value of uncompromising integrity. We have an Ethics Management System which was designed to ensure continuous improvement of the company’s ethics and compliance program, in support of Keysight’s commitment to transparency, sustainability, and legal compliance.
THE ENVIRONMENT
Keysight recognizes that climate change is an economic, environmental, and social crisis and that reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions supports the sustainability of our business. In Fiscal Year 2021, we announced our commitment to net zero emissions in company operations by the end of Fiscal Year 2040 and have committed to Science Based Target initiative (“SBTi”) to develop approved SBTs in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In alignment with the SBTi framework, we expanded our GHG reporting from our nine largest sites to more than seventy sites over which we have operational control, and our baseline has been recalculated to align with this reporting approach. We have already taken steps to implement our strategy, including the installation of a 5.8 megawatt peak rooftop solar array at the company’s largest site, located in Penang Malaysia. In addition, as a part of our efforts in energy conservation and reduction, we implemented infrastructure projects related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning efficiency improvements and lighting system upgrades. To track progress, we established mid-term renewable energy reduction goals to be met by the end of Fiscal Year 2030, all while providing solutions that support our customers’ goals and enable sustainability innovation. Keysight’s approach to environmental sustainability, health and safety management is grounded in accountable governance and results tracking and is shaped and supported through commitments to international standards and partnerships.
Keysight has implemented a strong environmental governance structure with documented processes to ensure the company complies with local laws and regulations related to environmental matters, including climate change. Our processes for identifying, assessing and responding to climate-related risks and opportunities are managed and reported at various levels across the company. Keysight’s customer-focused quality policy and comprehensive Business Management System provide processes to enable us to meet business needs and regulatory requirements around the world.
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING
Keysight requires our suppliers to adhere to environmental and social responsibility principles aligned with those valued in our company. Keysight has strong partnerships with strategic suppliers to support mutual success and commitment to leadership in sustainable practices, technology and business operations. Keysight’s responsible sourcing program has been developed by benchmarking against external standards, including the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ISO 14001:2015, and other industrial practices as specified in the Keysight Supplier Code of Conduct. By working with suppliers to support our sustainability policies and identify and mitigate supply risks, Keysight is able to maintain a leadership position in sustainable business practices.
OUR PEOPLE
Keysight values a diverse, inclusive, and respectful work environment where employees are provided challenging assignments, a safe environment, development opportunities, and competitive salaries. The company adheres to the tenets of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, prioritizes fair employment practices, and complies with all laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. Employees are the driving force in carrying out our CSR vision. Through direction and oversight by the company’s leadership team, utilizing our Keysight Leadership Model (“KLM”) and supporting benefits, programs, policies, and communications, employees are given the tools for success across our CSR foundational pillars. The health and safety of employees is the highest priority throughout our continued COVID-19 response. In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we strive to support all Keysight employees with dignity and respect. We advocate for similar treatment of all workers worldwide. Keysight leverages its Labor Management System to validate the company’s global, systematic approach to driving continuous improvement in human rights and labor compliance.
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COMMUNITIES
Keysight contributes to the communities where the company operates, participates in local and global volunteer efforts, and supports numerous charitable and educational organizations. Keysight’s worldwide community programs tangibly demonstrate our values and commitment to societal prosperity, and directly support our social impact goals. The company’s corporate community engagement includes citizenship, philanthropy, and employee volunteerism programs. Our corporate efforts are focused on STEM education, supporting opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in technology, health and human services, and environmental conservation.
OUR SOLUTIONS
Keysight helps build a better planet through our advanced design and validation services that help accelerate innovations to change lives, secure the world, and connect people across the globe. Keysight customers are leaders in technology, achieving breakthroughs that connect and secure the world. Keysight accelerates these breakthroughs by providing leading-edge design, test, manufacturing and optimization solutions through purposeful technology applications in areas such as clean technology, social impact and wellness, and safety and security. Our highly reliable, long-lasting solutions are designed to be safe, to be compliant with applicable regulations, and to maximize the value of limited environmental resources. In addition, Keysight services complement our solution offerings, providing multiple options to extend product life up to 40 years of active service, which can help customers meet their CSR goals.
KEY IMPACT GOALS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022
Keysight set the following key impact goals across environmental sustainability, social impact and ethical governance for Fiscal Year 2022. Goals were identified to align with short-, mid-, and long-term efforts and progress was made as noted below.
Key Impact Goals by End of
FY 2022
End Results through
FY 2022
Value committed to strengthening communities
$250M
$284M+
Students and future engineers engaged through STEM education
630,000
798,000+
Global New Hires are Women by the end of Fiscal Year 2022
35.4%
32.6%
U.S. New Hires are URMs by the end of Fiscal Year 2022
47.4%
49.1%
Material negative impacts to the income statement and institutional investment
ZERO
ZERO
Key Impact Goal by End of Fiscal Year 2040
Emissions in Company Operations
NET ZERO

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CULTURE, VALUES AND STANDARDS
Human Capital
We have a diverse, inclusive and respectful work environment, where employees are offered challenging assignments, development opportunities, competitive salaries and a safe workplace. As of October 31, 2022, we had 14,962 employees worldwide representing more than 86 self-identified nationalities working in 30 countries. Of those employees, 5,448 are located in the Americas, including 5,261 in the U.S., 2,822 are located in Europe and 6,655 are located in Asia.
Culture, Values and Standards
Our core values and culture reflect a commitment to ethical business practices and outstanding corporate citizenship. We adhere to the tenets of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the core International Labor Organization conventions, and we are an affiliate member of the Responsible Business Alliance. We comply with the labor and employment laws of all countries in which we operate, prioritizing fair employment practices, labor compliance, nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity. The KLM is the framework for how we do business, enabling us to execute on our strategies with our customers, stockholders and employees while operating within our values of Speed and Courage, Uncompromising Integrity, High Performance, Social Responsibility and One Keysight.
We believe our culture, which fosters employee inclusion, engagement and innovation, is a competitive advantage. We are committed to maintaining a work environment founded on respect for all, regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any protected class. Our Keysight SBC governs our dealings with our customers, competitors, suppliers, third-party partners, as well as with our fellow employees, and is available for review on our website. Our employees are responsible for upholding the SBC, and SBC training is required annually for all our employees.
Governance and Oversight
The CAO is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human capital strategy. Our strategy incorporates global policies and programs for diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership and talent development, compensation, benefits, staffing and workforce planning, human resources systems, education and organization development. The CAO is responsible for developing and integrating the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion priorities and strategy. The CEO and CAO regularly update our Board and the Compensation and Human Capital Committee on human capital matters.
Hiring, Retention and Succession Planning
We understand that STEM education is critical to creating a pipeline of future engineers, and we provide global for support STEM education through a variety of company-sponsored and employee-led programs which introduce school-age students to engineering.
Our talent acquisition and Human Resources teams work with business leaders to understand and align on how our business goals and strategies impact our talent needs. The teams use this information to inform recruiting efforts and to build talent pipelines to support growth. In partnership with the marketing team, we have built a strong company brand utilizing multiple communication platforms to better enable us to attract top talent.
We continue to refine and expand our talent acquisition strategies and processes. As part of our talent acquisition strategy, we provide training to recruiters and hiring managers to assist them in recruiting and hiring top talent. We had a global job acceptance rate of 83.2 percent in Fiscal Year 2022 and the number of software engineers in our R&D function have more than doubled since we became an independent company.
Our business leaders are required to periodically evaluate employee contributions to the company and to identify key contributors, as well as those in need of improvement. Our annual rewards process provides employees with feedback on their performance over the past fiscal year and rewards achievement. Working with Human Resources, business leaders develop retention strategies and initiatives to keep critical talent focused and engaged and to minimize attrition. The average tenure of our employees is 12.2 years. Our three-year average employee turnover rate was approximately 7.2% percent and has been lower than the industry average for the past five years.
We continue to develop our leadership capability. We have identified core competencies for leadership positions along with a learning and development framework that can help leaders refine their skills. Succession planning sessions are conducted annually in each business and at many levels in the organization, including the executive level. These reviews provide visibility to top talent, potential leadership gaps, and development plans.
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Globally, 4.2% percent of our employee population is likely ready to retire in the next five years. In the U.S. and Japan, employees eligible to retire are 24.8% and 17.3% , respectively. We recognize that many of these employees have valuable skills and historical information, and that knowledge transfer is critical. We have created knowledge transfer practices to enable us to retain critical knowledge. In the U.S., we have a program specifically designed to enable retirement-ready critical talent to gradually reduce hours leading up to retirement, giving us time to transfer critical information and processes. Once retired, these former employees are given the opportunity to consult with us on a limited basis to provide on-going mentoring and training.
Diversity and Equal Employment Policy
We are an equal-opportunity employer, and we are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The value we place on diversity, equity and inclusion is a competitive advantage, and it helps us attract and retain the best talent and drive high performance through innovation and collaboration. We benefit from the innovation that results when people with differing experiences, perspectives and cultures work together.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are among our CEO's top priorities. In addition to our broader diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, we set near-term objectives to increase representation of women globally and under-represented minorities in the U.S. We have a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion who is responsible for driving strategy and for implementation of new and ongoing initiatives. In an effort to increase transparency into our DEI efforts, we were proud to publish our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report in Fiscal year 2022. In addition, we published the Company’s 2021 EEO-1 report which can be found on our website at https://www.keysight.com/go/2021EEO-1.
To increase the pool of diverse candidates for open positions, we participate in diversity-focused career fairs and conferences in the U.S., Asia and Europe. We identify diversity recruiting business champions to develop business-specific talent acquisition plans, and we have partnerships with universities worldwide that are aligned with our strategic talent needs, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCU”) in the United States. In an effort to enable employees to be successful, we provide mentoring programs, inclusive benefits, access to employee network groups, and training for every stage of employment.
As of October 31, 2022, women represented 30.6% percent of our global workforce, and underrepresented minorities represented 37.7% percent of the U.S. workforce. The percentage of women in leadership positions (Officer, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Senior Manager, Integrating Manager, Operating Manager and Supervisor) globally was 24.4% and the percentage of underrepresented minorities was 33.3%. At the senior executive level (Officer, Senior Vice President, Vice President), 23.4% percent were women and 24% percent were underrepresented minorities. Our Board has eleven members, three of whom are women, and three are self-identified underrepresented minorities.
We seek to expand the hiring of qualified women, globally and qualified underrepresented minorities in the U.S. We established annual hiring goals to improve our workforce diversity. In Fiscal Year 2022, 32.6% percent of our global external new hires were women, falling short of our Fiscal Year 2022 goal of 35.4% percent. In Fiscal Year 2022, 49.1% percent of external new hires in the U.S. were underrepresented minorities, exceeding our goal of 47.4% percent. For Fiscal Year 2023 the adjusted hiring goals for global external new hires being women goal is 33.6% and 50.1% percent of external new hires in the U.S. being underrepresented minorities. A metric in our short-term executive compensation program for the Fiscal Year 2023 is tied to the achievement of these goals, underscoring their importance to the Company. To measure the achievement of this goal, we use the following definition of underrepresented minorities: Employees who self-identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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Learning and Development
We believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit that creates a mindset of professional growth and continuous improvement. We emphasize on-the-job learning through stretch assignments and development opportunities as well as education. Our employees have access to a wide range of programs, workshops, classes and resources to help them excel in their careers. Our Keysight University platform offers training and development programs, as well as learning resources. Our Employee Educational Assistance Program provides financial and management support to eligible employees, allowing them to pursue academic degrees related to their field of work.
Many of our employees are required to take annual training courses related to their work, including those pertaining to the environment, data privacy, contributing to an inclusive workplace, and workplace health and safety. We also have leadership development programs including the training for new managers and development through ExecOnline. We hold an annual Keysight Executive Development (“KED”) program with senior leaders to align on strategy and key focus areas for the company.
Compensation and Benefits
We compensate employees with competitive wages and benefit programs designed to meet employee needs. Our compensation and benefit programs are designed to recognize our employees' contributions to value creation and business results. We seek to ensure pay parity across our organization. In 2022, we maintained a worldwide male-to-female salary ratio of nearly 1:1.
Listening to Employees
We provide multiple avenues for employee input. Our Open-Door Policy provides employees with direct access to any level of management to discuss ideas, get input on career development and discuss concerns in a constructive manner. The MyVoice program fosters inclusion through engagement surveys on a variety of topics that give us insight on what employees’ value and helps us identify where to prioritize our efforts. We also created a global Inclusion Council comprised of employees from all functions and across the globe to help formulate our goals and track our progress.
Health, Safety and Wellness
We strive to maintain a best-in-class work environment and provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. We accomplish this through strict compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding workplace safety. Our programs include recognition and control of workplace hazards, ergonomics training, a global travel health program, and robust emergency and disaster recovery plans. We promote the health and wellness of our employees through our Employee Well Being programs and workplace accessibility and accommodations. In Fiscal Year 2022, after a challenging two years of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, employees returned to the office in most locations, while we maintain our focus on employee health and safety.
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INFORMATION SECURITY
Information security is an important priority for Keysight. Our Borderless Information Security Program applies an enterprise-wide, risk-based approach to information security that has foundations in industry standards and best practices. Our information security operations and procedures provide a comprehensive Information Security Management System (“ISMS”) that enable us to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and systems in our environment.
BORDERLESS INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM
The Borderless Information Security Program is focused on the following priorities:
Risk Management and Compliance – We have worldwide operations and are subject to and comply with laws and regulatory requirements wherever we conduct business. Using our enterprise-wide risk management programs and Information Security Review process, we assess, document, monitor and report information security risks. Based on this information, we evaluate the likelihood and impact of harmful events and deliver recommendations regarding a response to risks presented.
Training and Awareness – Keysight requires all employees to take annual security awareness training which includes training on information security. We regularly deploy enterprise-wide phishing simulation tests with mandatory follow-up training and education as needed. Our information security policies are based on NIST SP 800-171 and apply enterprise-wide. They are reviewed at least annually and are updated as needed. Additionally, we provide an easy mechanism for employees to report suspicious email messages to the information security team for additional investigation.
Security Tools Optimization – We utilize a variety of tools to protect our network and systems, including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, web content filtering protection, anti-virus and malware detection tools, system scans and full disk encryption. We use Security Information and Event Management (“SIEM”) to process logs and events. The SIEM correlates input from across the Keysight network and creates alerts when suspicious behavior is detected.
Third Party Risk – Third party access to Keysight networks is catalogued and reviewed. Third parties are only granted the level of access required to carry out their work. Our Internal Audit organization performs audits to help identify potential control weaknesses, compliance concerns or operational inefficiencies in our processes.
Data Protection and Asset Management – We maintain an up-to-date inventory of assets with access to our networks and encrypt mobile devices and control configurations of those devices. We use a database activity monitoring tool to identify and report fraudulent or suspicious activity. We have documented disaster recovery plans and processes which are regularly reviewed and tested.
Security Operations – We have multiple processes in place for detection and response to potential attacks, breaches or disruptions, including the Security Operations Center which is a dedicated, in-house, 24x7 monitoring and response center.
GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT
Keysight has a dedicated Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) who is responsible for the ISMS, including the legal, physical, and technical controls associated with that system. The CISO and reports directly to the Company’s Chief Information Officer (“CIO”). The CIO is the head of the Company’s global information technology (“IT”) team which has an integrated governance structure consisting of a Senior Executive Committee, a Cyber Executive Committee and Cyber Leaders. The Senior Executive Committee prioritizes the information technology components of strategic business imperatives and oversees IT capability and security programs. The Cyber Executive Committee reviews identified risks, sponsors initiatives to address risk and oversees security and compliance responses. Cyber leaders are management representatives from all functions and lines of business who are responsible for executing programs and initiatives sponsored by the Executive Committee.
The Audit and Finance Committee, which is comprised entirely of independent directors with information security experience, oversees and monitors the Company’s information security programs. The CIO meets with the Audit and Finance Committee regularly to report on risks, mitigation, initiatives, compliance and outcomes and the Audit and Finance Committee reports relevant information to the full Board.

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AUDIT AND SCORING
We engage with approved third-party companies that audit our regulatory compliance, validate control performance, perform penetration testing and provide impartial risk assessments. Additionally, our information security programs are monitored by Bitsight and Security Scorecard, leading cybersecurity ratings agencies, that continuously monitor and provide security report cards for all companies with an internet presence. We are proud that our Bitsight rating puts us in the “Advanced” category, and we maintained our “A” rating from Security Scorecard as of October 31, 2022. There have been no known information security breaches in Fiscal Years 2020, 2021, or 2022.
INFORMATION SECURITY RISK INSURANCE
Keysight maintains information security risk insurance to offset the costs of an information security breach. The policy is reviewed annually and updated as needed.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES
The Board has adopted a set of Corporate Governance Guidelines to assist it in guiding our governance practices. We have reviewed internally, and the Board has reviewed, the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), the rules of the SEC, and the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) corporate governance listing standards regarding corporate governance policies and processes, and we have determined that we are in compliance with the applicable rules and listing standards. These practices are regularly reevaluated by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in light of changing circumstances to ensure that the best interests of Keysight and its stockholders are being served. A copy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines is located in the Investor Relations section of our website and can be accessed by clicking on “Governance Policies” in the “Corporate Governance” section of our web page at investor.keysight.com.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE BOARD
Stockholders and other interested parties may communicate with the Board and Keysight’s Chair of the Board by filling out the form at “Contact the Chair” under “Corporate Governance” at investor.keysight.com or by writing to Ronald S. Nersesian, c/o Keysight Technologies, Inc., General Counsel, 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Our General Counsel will perform a legal review in the normal discharge of his duties to ensure that communications forwarded to the Chair of the Board preserve the integrity of the process. Any communication that is relevant to the conduct of our business and is not forwarded will be retained for a reasonable period of time or for as long as legally required and made available to the Chair of the Board and any independent director upon request. The independent directors grant the General Counsel discretion to decide which correspondence will be shared with our management and specifically instruct that any personal employee complaints be forwarded to the Human Resources Department.
STOCKHOLDER COMMUNICATION
We recognize the importance of regular and transparent communication with our stockholders. Stockholder communication is essential to our ongoing review of our corporate governance and executive compensation programs and practices. This year, we reached out to stockholders representing over 44% of our outstanding shares to update them on our ESG activities in Fiscal Year 2022, and we invited them to meet with our General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, our CAO, and our Director of Investor Relations to discuss ongoing activities as well as other topics of interest to them. We had a positive response to the invitation and met with stockholders representing 19% of our outstanding shares. In those meetings, we discussed our ongoing efforts related to DEI, our commitment to the environment and corporate governance and we listened to their perspective on issues of importance to them.
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While each of our stockholders had their own perspectives on issues of importance to them, the steps we are taking to achieve our net zero commitment and evaluate Scope 3 science-based targets were of primary interest to many. Other areas of interest were our DEI achievements and Board oversight of ESG matters. Our stockholders also expressed continued interest in a phased declassification of our Board. We listened carefully to this input and discussed it with our Board and our executives.
Efforts to increase diversity on our Board have been underway for several years and are continuing. In Fiscal Year 2022, we added Kevin A. Stephens and Satish C. Dhanasekaran to our Board, increasing the number of URMs on the Board to three. We will continue our efforts to attract women and URM Board candidates in future director searches by expanding both our recruiting efforts and the criteria for selection.
Further, Proposal 4 in this Proxy Statement is a management proposal to amend Keysight’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to phase out the classification of our Board over a three-year period such that, if approved, beginning with the election of directors at the 2026 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, all directors would then be elected annually for one-year terms.
We also communicate with stockholders through a number of routine forums, including quarterly earnings presentations, SEC filings, our Annual Report and Proxy Statement, the Annual Meeting, investor meetings, conferences and web communications. We relay stockholder feedback and trends on corporate governance and sustainability developments to our Board and its standing Committees and work with them to enhance our practices and improve our disclosures.
DIRECTOR NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee proposes a slate of directors for election by Keysight’s stockholders at each annual meeting and recommends to the Board candidates to fill any vacancies on the Board.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider director candidates recommended for nomination by stockholders, provided that the recommendations are made in accordance with the procedures described in the section entitled “General Information about the Meeting” located at the end of this Proxy Statement. Candidates recommended for nomination by stockholders that comply with these procedures will receive the same consideration as other candidates recommended by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
We hire third-party executive search firms to help identify and facilitate the screening and interview process for non-employee director candidates. To be considered by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, we look for director nominees who have:
A reputation for personal and professional integrity and ethics;
Soundness of judgment;
The ability to make independent, analytical inquiries;
The willingness and ability to devote the time required to perform Board activities adequately;
The ability to represent the total corporate interests of Keysight; and
The ability to represent the long-term interests of stockholders as a whole.
In an effort to increase the diversity of our Board, we recently expanded our Board search criteria to include not only CEO and public board experience, but executive or high-level management experience as well, and we consciously include diverse candidates in our Board selection process. In addition to these minimum requirements, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will also consider whether the candidate’s skills are complementary to the existing Board members’ skills and experience in technology, manufacturing, finance and marketing, information security, human capital management, international experience and culture, and the Board’s needs for specific operational, management or other expertise. The executive search firm screens the candidates, does reference checks, prepares a biography for each candidate for the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to review and helps set up interviews.

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The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Keysight’s CEO interview candidates that meet the criteria, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee selects candidates that best suit the Board’s needs. In the past year, we added Kevin A. Stephens and Satish C. Dhanasekaran to the Board. Mr. Stephens was initially identified and recommended by an independent third-party search firm.
BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE
Mr. Nersesian served as Chair of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keysight through April 30, 2022. Effective May 1, 2022, Mr. Nersesian retired as President and Chief Executive Officer but continues to serve as the Executive Chair.
Effective on May 1, 2022, the Board appointed Mr. Dhanasekaran to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keysight. Also effective on May 1, 2022, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee recommended, and the Board voted to expand the Board to eleven directors and appointed Mr. Dhanasekaran to the Board. On September 22, 2022, the independent directors of the Board appointed Ms. Nye to serve as Lead Independent Director.
The duties of the Chair of the Board, Lead Independent Director and CEO are set forth in the table below:
Executive Chair
Lead Independent Director
CEO
Presides over meetings of the Board

Presides over meetings of stockholders

Prepares the agenda for each Board meeting

Prepares the agenda for each stockholder meeting
Presides over meetings of independent directors at which the Chair is not present

In conjunction with the Compensation and Human Capital Committee, evaluates the performance of the CEO and reviews CEO compensation

Guides the Board’s annual self-assessment process and leads the Board in periodic reviews of senior management succession planning

Reviews and coordinates the agenda for Board meetings in consultation with the Chair

Acts as liaison between the Chair and the independent directors
Manages the day-to-day affairs of Keysight, subject to the overall direction and supervision of the Board and its committees

Consults with and advises the Board and its committees on the business and affairs of Keysight

Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the Board
During the first half of Fiscal Year 2022, the roles of Chair and CEO were combined. The roles were separated effective May 1, 2022 with Mr. Nersesian’s retirement as CEO and President and Mr. Dhanasekaran’s appointment as CEO and President. The Board believes that the current structure, with an experienced and knowledgeable Executive Chair, our newly appointed CEO and President, and a strong Lead Independent Director provides the appropriate leadership structure for Keysight and its stockholders.
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BOARD’S ROLE IN RISK OVERSIGHT
The Board’s role in risk oversight is consistent with Keysight’s leadership structure, with management having day-to-day responsibility for identifying, evaluating and managing Keysight’s risk exposure and the Board having the ultimate responsibility for overseeing risk management governance with a focus on Keysight’s most significant risks. The Board is assisted in meeting this responsibility by its committees as described below.
Board of Directors
Regularly reviews the strategic plans of Keysight and each of its operating segments
Reviews specific risk topics, including risks associated with our capital structure, growth plans, environmental programs and client relationships
Receives regular written reports on enterprise-level risks
Receives regular reports from each of the Board’s committees on their areas of risk oversight
At least annually, reviews Keysight’s succession plan to ensure Keysight maintains an appropriate succession plan for its senior management
Audit and Finance Committee
Reviews internal controls and Keysight’s financial statements with the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and the external and internal auditors
Oversees risks relating to key accounting and reporting policies
Receives regular reports from Keysight’s Vice President of Internal Audit regarding enterprise risk management and compliance
Meets regularly with the external independent auditors, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and internal auditors in executive session
Receives regular legal, regulatory, litigation and compliance updates from Keysight’s General Counsel
Oversees compliance policies and programs (including the SBC and Director Code of Ethics), compliance statistics and investigations, trainings, certifications, and relevant legal developments
Receives regular reports from Keysight’s Chief Information Officer regarding information security risks and prevention plans
Compensation and Human Capital Committee
Oversees risks associated with our compensation policies and practices with respect to both executive compensation and compensation generally
Employs an independent compensation consultant to assist in designing and reviewing compensation programs, including the potential risks created by the programs
Oversees enterprise-wide Human Capital Management risks, including providing input to the Board on succession planning

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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Oversees risks relating to Keysight’s governance structure and other corporate governance matters and processes
Evaluates related person transactions and any risks associated therewith
Oversees compliance with key corporate governance policies, including the Corporate Governance Guidelines
Identifies and makes recommendations regarding director nominees to the Board
THE BOARD’S ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) OVERSIGHT
Our ESG progress is overseen by our Board and its committees. Members of management representing Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources, Information Security, and Legal are responsible for reviewing and assessing significant ESG risks that could impact the Company. Management regularly briefs the Board and the relevant committees on ESG topics and the Company’s strategy for addressing those issues.
Board
Reviews the Company’s ESG strategy to ensure alignment with the Company’s long-term value creation strategies
Evaluates environmental risks, opportunities strategies and long- and short-term goals and monitors the financial impact on the Company
Audit and Finance Committee
Reviews and monitors compliance with environmental laws and regulations
Reviews and evaluates risks and opportunities related to information security
Compensation and Human Capital Committee
Oversees Company culture including diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
Establishes and measures achievement of ESG metrics in executive compensation programs
Monitors pay equity, sets compensation philosophy and oversees executive compensation programs
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Periodically evaluates the skills and qualifications of current directors
Assists the Board in establishing a pool of director candidates and evaluates their qualifications
Periodically reviews corporate governance practices and makes recommendations for changes to the Board
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MAJORITY VOTING FOR DIRECTORS
Our Bylaws provide for majority voting by stockholders regarding director elections. In an uncontested election, any nominee for director shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast with respect to the director. A “majority of the votes cast” means that the number of shares voted FOR a director must exceed 50% of the votes cast with respect to that director. The votes cast with respect to that director shall include votes to withhold authority and exclude votes to ABSTAIN with respect to that director’s election. If a director is not elected due to a failure to receive a majority of the votes cast and his or her successor is not otherwise elected and qualified, the director shall promptly tender his or her resignation following certification of the stockholder vote.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider the tendered resignation and recommend to the Board whether to accept or reject it, or whether other action should be taken. The Board will act on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s recommendation within 90 days following certification of the stockholder vote. Thereafter the Board will promptly disclose their decision and the rationale behind it in a press release. Any director who tenders his or her resignation pursuant to this provision shall not participate in the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee recommendation or Board action regarding whether to accept the resignation offer.
POLICIES ON BUSINESS ETHICS
We have adopted the SBC that requires all of our business activities to be conducted in compliance with laws, regulations and ethical principles and values. All officers and employees are required to read, understand and abide by the requirements of the SBC and must take annual SBC training. We have also adopted a Director Code of Ethics applicable to Keysight’s directors.
These documents are accessible on Keysight’s website at investor.keysight.com under “Governance Policies.” Any waiver of these codes for directors or executive officers may be made only by the Audit and Finance Committee. We will disclose any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of the SBC for the principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, on our website within four business days following the date of the amendment or waiver. In addition, we will disclose any waiver from these codes for the other executive officers and for directors on the website.
DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE
The majority of our Board is “independent” as defined by the rules of the NYSE and the Corporate Governance Guidelines adopted by the Board. For Fiscal Year 2022, the Board affirmatively determined that James G. Cullen, Charles J. Dockendorff, Richard P. Hamada, Michelle J. Holthaus, Paul A. Lacouture, Jean M. Nye, Joanne B. Olsen, Robert A. Rango and Kevin A. Stephens were independent. The criteria adopted by the Board to assist it in making determinations regarding the independence of its members are consistent with the NYSE listing standards regarding director independence. To be considered independent, the Board has to determine that a director does not have a material relationship with Keysight or its subsidiaries (either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with Keysight or its subsidiaries). In assessing independence, the Board considers all relevant facts and circumstances. In particular, when assessing the materiality of a director’s relationship with Keysight or its subsidiaries, the Board considers the issue not just from the standpoint of the director, but also from that of the persons or organizations with which the director has an affiliation. The Board did not identify any such relationships and there are no family relationships among Keysight’s executive officers and directors.
Annually, the Board assesses the independence of directors and based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, makes a determination as to which members are independent.

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AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER INDEPENDENCE
We have adopted standards for Audit and Finance Committee member independence in compliance with the SEC and NYSE corporate governance listing standards. In affirmatively determining the independence of any director who will serve on the Audit and Finance Committee, the Board must consider all factors specifically relevant to determining whether such director has a relationship to Keysight or any of its subsidiaries which is material to such director’s ability to be independent from management in connection with the duties of an Audit and Finance Committee member, including, but not limited to:
The source of compensation of such director, including any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee paid by Keysight to such director;
Whether such director is affiliated with Keysight, a subsidiary of Keysight or an affiliate of a subsidiary of Keysight; and
Whether such director serves on more than three reporting company audit committees.
Charles Dockendorff currently serves on the audit committee of four public companies, including Keysight. The Board has considered whether such simultaneous service would impair his ability to effectively serve as the Chair of Keysight’s Audit and Finance Committee. In its analysis, the Board considered the Committee’s demanding roles and responsibilities and the time commitment required by such service. The Board also considered the skills and expertise of Mr. Dockendorff, including his prior experience as a Chief Financial Officer of a number of public companies and the various commitments of his time. After careful consideration, the Board concluded that Mr. Dockendorff’s other audit committee service does not impair his ability to effectively fulfill his responsibilities to Keysight at this time and, therefore, the Board has specifically approved his continuation as Chair of Keysight’s Audit and Finance Committee.
The Board has also determined that each of the members of the Audit and Finance Committee is independent.
COMPENSATION AND HUMAN CAPITAL COMMITTEE MEMBER INDEPENDENCE
Keysight has adopted standards for Compensation and Human Capital Committee member independence in compliance with the SEC and NYSE corporate governance listing standards. In affirmatively determining the independence of any director who will serve on the Compensation and Human Capital Committee, the Board must consider all factors specifically relevant to determining whether such director has a relationship to Keysight or any of its subsidiaries which is material to such director’s ability to be independent from management in connection with the duties of a Compensation and Human Capital Committee member, including, but not limited to:
The source of compensation of such director, including any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee paid by Keysight to such director; and
Whether such director is affiliated with Keysight, a subsidiary of Keysight or an affiliate of a subsidiary of Keysight.
The Board has determined that each of the members of the Compensation and Human Capital Committee is independent.
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COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board has four standing Committees and their composition as of the end of Fiscal Year 2022 was as set forth in the table below. The Board held seven meetings during Fiscal Year 2022. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board of Directors and the total number of meetings held by all Committees of the Board on which each such director served, during the period for which each such director served. The members of the Committees and the number of Board and committee meetings during Fiscal Year 2022 are identified in the following table.
Committee Memberships (as of October 31, 2022)
Board Member
Board
Audit & Finance
Committee
Compensation
and Human
Capital
Committee
Executive
Committee
Nominating & Corporate
Governance
James G. Cullen
(C)
Satish C. Dhanasekaran
Charles J. Dockendorff
(C)
Richard P. Hamada
Michelle J. Holthaus
Paul A. Lacouture
Ronald S. Nersesian
(C)
Jean M. Nye*
(C)
Joanne B. Olsen
Robert A. Rango
Kevin A. Stephens
Number of Meetings in Fiscal Year 2022
7
10
4
0
3
*
Lead Independent Director
Keysight encourages, but does not require, its Board members to attend the annual stockholders meeting. All of Keysight’s then-sitting directors attended the 2022 Annual Meeting, which was held virtually.

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Audit and Finance Committee is responsible for the oversight of the quality and integrity of Keysight’s consolidated financial statements, its compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the qualifications, independence, and performance of its independent registered public accounting firm, the performance of its internal audit function and other significant financial matters. In discharging its duties, the Audit and Finance Committee is expected to:
Have the sole authority to appoint, retain, compensate, oversee, evaluate and replace the independent registered public accounting firm to perform audit and non-audit services;
Review and approve the scope of the annual internal and external audits;
Meet independently with Keysight’s internal auditing staff, independent registered public accounting firm and senior management;
Review the adequacy and effectiveness of the system of internal control over financial reporting and any significant changes in internal control over financial reporting;
Review Keysight’s consolidated financial statements and disclosures including “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Keysight’s periodic reports on Form 10-K or Form 10-Q;
Establish and oversee procedures for (a) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by Keysight regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and (b) the confidential anonymous submission by employees of Keysight of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;
Review, monitor and assess the adequacy and effectiveness of Keysight’s enterprise-wide compliance programs;
Monitor compliance with Keysight’s SBC;
Meet periodically with Keysight’s internal auditing staff to review the results of internal risk assessments conducted by key executives responsible for major businesses and functions in the company;
Review and monitor the adequacy and effectiveness of information security policies and programs; and
Review disclosures from Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independence of accountant’s communications with the Audit and Finance Committee.
In accordance with section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Board identified Charles J. Dockendorff as the Audit and Finance Committee’s “Financial Expert.”
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMPENSATION AND HUMAN CAPITAL COMMITTEE
The Compensation and Human Capital Committee is responsible for compensation of Keysight’s CEO and other executive officers as well as Keysight’s compensation plans, policies and programs as they affect the CEO and other executive officers, human capital management, and providing input to the full Board on matters related to succession planning. In addition, the Compensation and Human Capital Committee:
Determines the compensation and the corporate goals and objectives for the performance of the CEO and other executive officers;
Reviews and evaluates the performance of the CEO and other executive officers;
Supervises and oversees the administration of Keysight’s incentive compensation, variable pay and stock programs, including the impact of such programs on Company risk;
Establishes comparator peer group and compensation targets based on this peer group for Keysight’s NEOs; and
Has sole authority to retain and terminate executive compensation consultants.
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For more information on the responsibilities and activities of the Compensation and Human Capital Committee, including the Committee’s processes for determining executive compensation, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” “Compensation and Human Capital Committee Report,” and “Executive Compensation” in this Proxy Statement and the Compensation and Human Capital Committee’s charter located under “Governance Policies” in the “Corporate Governance” section of our Investor Relations website at http://investor.keysight.com.
The Compensation and Human Capital Committee is aided by an independent compensation consultant, who is selected and retained by the Compensation and Human Capital Committee. The role of the compensation consultant is to advise the Compensation and Human Capital Committee on marketplace trends in executive compensation, management proposals for compensation programs, and executive officer compensation decisions. The compensation consultant also evaluates compensation for non-employee directors and equity compensation programs generally and advises the Compensation and Human Capital Committee about its recommendations to the Board on CEO compensation. To maintain the independence of the firm’s advice, the compensation consultant does not provide any services for Keysight other than those described above. Our Compensation and Human Capital Committee selected Meridian Compensation Partners LLC (“Meridian”) as its independent compensation consultant to provide advice and recommendations on Fiscal Year 2022 executive compensation matters. In the process of selecting the independent compensation consultant, our Compensation and Human Capital Committee considered Meridian’s independence by taking into account the factors prescribed by the NYSE listing rules. Based on this evaluation, the Compensation and Human Capital Committee determined that no conflict of interest existed with respect to Meridian.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NOMINATING AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become Board members, consistent with criteria approved by the Board, and recommending to the Board the director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders and the individuals to fill vacancies occurring between annual meetings of stockholders. It is also responsible for recommending to the Board the appropriate Board size and Committee structure and developing and reviewing corporate governance principles applicable to Keysight. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee also administers Keysight’s Related Person Transactions Policy and Procedures (the “Related Person Transactions Policy”). See “Related Person Transactions Policy and Procedures” in this Proxy Statement for more information.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee meets or takes written action when the Board is not otherwise meeting. The Executive Committee has full authority to act on behalf of the Board, except that it cannot amend Keysight’s Bylaws, recommend any action that requires the approval of the stockholders, fill vacancies on the Board or any Board committee, fix director compensation, amend or repeal any non-amendable or non-repeatable resolution of the Board, declare a distribution to the stockholders except at rates determined by the Board, appoint other Committees or take any action not permitted under Delaware law to be delegated to a committee.
During Fiscal Year 2022, the Executive Committee did not hold any meetings.
COMMITTEE CHARTERS
We have adopted charters for our Audit and Finance Committee, Compensation and Human Capital Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Executive Committee consistent with the applicable rules and standards. Our Committee charters are located under “Governance Policies” in the “Corporate Governance” section of our Investor Relations website at investor.keysight.com.

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COMPENSATION AND HUMAN CAPITAL COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
The members of the Compensation Committee during fiscal 2022 were James G. Cullen (Chair), Richard P. Hamada, Michelle J. Holthaus, Jean M. Nye and Joanne B. Olsen. No member of the Compensation and Human Capital Committee was at any time during Fiscal Year 2022 or at any other time an officer or employee of Keysight, and no member of this committee had any relationship with Keysight requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K. No executive officer of Keysight has served on the board of directors or compensation committee of any other entity that has or has had one or more executive officers who served as a member of the Compensation and Human Capital Committee during Fiscal Year 2022.
Each member of the Compensation and Human Capital Committee is considered independent under Keysight’s Board and Compensation Committee Independence Standards as set forth in Keysight’s Amended and Restated Corporate Governance Guidelines.
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RELATED PERSON TRANSACTIONS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Keysight’s SBC and Director Code of Ethics require that all employees and directors avoid conflicts of interests that interfere with the performance of their duties or the best interests of Keysight. In addition, we have adopted the written Related Person Transactions Policy that prohibits any of Keysight’s executive officers, directors or any of their immediate family members from entering into a transaction with Keysight, except in accordance with the policy. For purposes of the policy, a “related person transaction” includes any transaction (within the meaning of Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K) involving Keysight and any related person that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Under our Related Person Transactions Policy, the General Counsel must advise the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of any related person transaction of which he becomes aware. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee must then either approve or reject the transaction in accordance with the terms of the policy. In the course of making this determination, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall consider all relevant information available to it and, as appropriate, must take into consideration the following:
The size of the transaction and the amount payable to the related person;
The nature of the interest of the related person in the transaction;
Whether the transaction may involve a conflict of interest; and
Whether the transaction involved the provision of goods or services to Keysight that are available from unaffiliated third parties and, if so, whether the transaction is on terms and made under circumstances that are at least as favorable to Keysight as would be available in comparable transactions with or involving unaffiliated third parties.
Under the Related Person Transactions Policy, Company management screens for any potential related person transactions, primarily through the annual circulation of a Directors and Officers Questionnaire (“D&O Questionnaire”) to each member of the Board and each officer of Keysight that is a reporting person under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The D&O Questionnaire contains questions intended to identify related persons and transactions between Keysight and related persons. If a related person transaction is identified, such transaction is brought to the attention of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for its approval, ratification, revision, or rejection in consideration of all of the relevant facts and circumstances.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee must approve or ratify each related person transaction in accordance with the policy. Absent this approval or ratification, no such transaction may be entered into by Keysight with any related person.
In 2014, the Board adopted the Related Person Transactions Policy to provide for standing pre-approval of limited transactions with related persons. Pre-approved transactions include:
Any transaction with another company at which a related person’s only relationship is as an employee (other than an executive officer or an equivalent), director or beneficial owner of less than 10% of that company’s shares, if the aggregate amount involved does not exceed the greater of (i) $1,000,000, or (ii) 2% of that company’s total annual revenues.
Any charitable contribution, grant or endowment by Keysight to a charitable organization, foundation or university at which a related person’s only relationship is as an employee (other than an executive officer or an equivalent), a director or a trustee, if the aggregate amount involved does not exceed the lesser of $500,000, or 2% of the charitable organization’s total annual receipts.
Keysight will disclose the terms of related person transactions in its filings with the SEC to the extent required.

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TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS
We purchase services, supplies, and equipment in the normal course of business from many suppliers and sell or lease products and services to many customers. In some instances, these transactions occur with companies with which members of our management or Board have relationships as directors or executive officers. For transactions entered into during Fiscal Year 2022, none exceeded or fell outside of the pre-approved thresholds set forth in our Related Party Transaction Policy.
During Fiscal Year 2022, we did not enter into any financial transaction, arrangement or relationship in which a related person had or will have direct or indirect material interest, in an amount exceeding $120,000, other than equity and other compensation, termination, change of control and other arrangements, which are described under “Executive Compensation,” except for the following:
BlackRock, Inc. holds 10.3% of Keysight’s total outstanding equity pursuant to information contained in a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on March 9, 2022. During Fiscal Year 2022, Keysight purchased from BlackRock Life Limited, a subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. $159,289 of products and/or services, and from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd., also a subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. $63,442 of products and/or services, for a total amount of $222,730. The transactions with BlackRock Life Limited and BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd. fell within Keysight’s pre-approved transactions.
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Proposal 2: Ratification of the
Independent Registered Public
Accounting Firm
The Audit and Finance Committee of the Board has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm to audit its consolidated financial statements for Fiscal Year 2022. During Fiscal Years 2022 and 2021, PwC served as Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm and also provided certain tax and other non-audit services. Although Keysight is not required to seek stockholder approval of this appointment, the Board believes it to be sound corporate governance to do so. If the appointment is not ratified, the Audit and Finance Committee will investigate the reasons for stockholder rejection and will reconsider the appointment.
Representatives of PwC are expected to attend the Annual Meeting where they will be available to respond to questions and, if they desire, to make a statement.
VOTE REQUIRED
The affirmative vote by the holders of a majority of the shares of Keysight common stock present or represented by proxy and voting at the 2023 Annual Meeting is required for approval of this proposal, provided sufficient shares are represented for the required quorum. If you are a stockholder of record and you sign your proxy card but do not provide voting instructions, your shares will be voted in accordance with the management’s recommendations for this proposal. If you are a beneficial owner and you sign your voting instruction form but do not provide voting instructions, your bank, broker, or nominee has the discretion to either vote your shares or leave your shares unvoted for this proposal.
KEYSIGHT’S BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE’S APPOINTMENT OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS KEYSIGHT’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.

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FEES PAID TO PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
The following table presents fees for professional audit services rendered to Keysight by PwC for the years ended October 31, 2022 and 2021.
Fee Category
FY2022
($)
%of Total
(%)
FY2021
($)
% of Total
(%)
Audit Fees
4,755,000
97
4,650,000
97
Audit-Related Fees
40,000
1
11,000
0
Tax Fees
Tax compliance/preparation
102,395
2
113,065
2
Other tax services
0
0
Total tax fees
102,395
2
113,065
2
All Other Fees
11,223
0
2,700
0
Total Fees
4,908,618
100
4,776,765
100
AUDIT FEES
Audit fees consist of fees billed for professional services rendered for the integrated audit of Keysight’s consolidated financial statements and its internal control over financial reporting and review of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements included in quarterly reports. Fees for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2021 also consist of fees billed for services that are normally provided by PwC in connection with statutory reporting and regulatory filings or engagements, and attest services, except those not required by statute or regulation.
AUDIT-RELATED FEES
Audit-related fees consist of fees billed for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of Keysight’s consolidated financial statements and are not reported under Audit Fees. These services include accounting consultations in connection with acquisitions and divestitures, attest services that are not required by statute or regulation, and consultations concerning financial accounting.
TAX FEES
Tax fees consist of fees billed for professional services for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning. These services include assistance regarding federal, state and international tax compliance, tax audits and appeals, customs and duties, mergers and acquisitions and international tax planning.
ALL OTHER FEES
All other fees consist of fees for all other services other than those reported above. These services include a license for specialized accounting research software. Keysight’s intent is to minimize services in this category.
In making its recommendation to ratify the appointment of PwC as Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm for the Fiscal Year 2022, the Audit and Finance Committee has considered whether services other than audit and audit-related services provided by PwC are compatible with maintaining the independence of PwC.
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AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE PREAPPROVAL POLICY
The Audit and Finance Committee’s policy is to preapprove all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Preapproval is generally provided for up to one year and any preapproval is detailed as to the particular service or category of services and is subject to a specific budget.
KEYSIGHT’S BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE’S APPOINTMENT OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS KEYSIGHT’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.

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AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
The Audit and Finance Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material and shall not be deemed to be filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that Keysight specifically incorporates the Audit and Finance Committee Report by reference therein.
December 14, 2022
The Audit and Finance Committee of the Board reviewed the quality and integrity of Keysight’s consolidated financial statements contained in the 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K, its compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the qualifications and independence of its independent registered public accounting firm, the performance of its internal audit function and independent registered public accounting firm and other significant financial matters. Each of the Audit and Finance Committee members satisfies the definition of independent director and is financially literate as established in the NYSE Listing Standards. In accordance with section 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Board has identified Charles J. Dockendorff as the Audit and Finance Committee’s “Financial Expert.” Keysight operates with a November 1 to October 31 fiscal year. The Audit and Finance Committee met ten times during the Fiscal Year 2022.
The Audit and Finance Committee’s work is guided by a written charter that the Board has approved. The Audit and Finance Committee regularly reviews its charter to ensure that it is meeting all relevant audit committee policy requirements of the SEC, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the NYSE. You can access the latest Audit and Finance Committee charter by clicking on “Governance Policies” in the “Corporate Governance” section of the web page at www.investor.keysight.com or by writing to us at Keysight Technologies, Inc., 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, California 95403, Attention: Investor Relations.
The Audit and Finance Committee has reviewed and discussed with management and PricewaterhouseCoopers,LLP (“PwC”) Keysight’s independent registered public accounting firm, Keysight’s audited consolidated financial statements and Keysight’s internal control over financial reporting. The Audit and Finance Committee has discussed with PwC, the matters required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the SEC.
The Audit and Finance Committee has received and reviewed the written disclosures and the letter from PwC required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accountant’s communications with the Audit and Finance Committee concerning independence and has discussed with PwC its independence from Keysight. Based on the review and discussions noted above, the Audit and Finance Committee recommended to the Board that Keysight’s audited consolidated financial statements be included in Keysight’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year 2022 and be filed with the SEC.
Submitted by:
Audit and Finance Committee
Charles J. Dockendorff, Chair
Paul A. Lacouture
Robert A. Rango
Kevin A. Stephens
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Common Stock Ownership of
Certain Beneficial Owners
and Management
STOCK OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS
The following table sets forth information, as of January 17, 2023, concerning each person or group known by Keysight, based on filings pursuant to Section 13(d) or (g) under the Exchange Act, to own beneficially more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock. As of January 17, 2023, there were 178,344,094 shares of common stock outstanding.
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
Amount and Nature
Percent of Class
The Vanguard Group Inc.
PO Box 2600 V26
Valley Forge, PA 19482-2600
20,194,372(1)
11.03%
BlackRock, Inc.
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
18,669,415(2)
10.3%
(1)
Based solely on information contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 10, 2022 by The Vanguard Group. The Schedule 13G/A indicates that the Vanguard Group has shared voting power with respect to 301,119 shares, sole dispositive power with respect to 19,442,632 shares and shared dispositive power with respect to 751,740 shares
(2)
Based solely on information contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on March 9, 2022, by BlackRock, Inc. The Schedule 13G indicates that BlackRock, Inc. has sole voting power with respect to 16,136,757 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 18,669,415 shares.
STOCK OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The following table sets forth, as of January 17, 2023, the beneficial ownership of Keysight’s common stock by each director and each of the NEOs included in the “Summary Compensation Table” and the beneficial ownership of Keysight’s common stock by all directors and executive officers as a group.
The number of shares beneficially owned by each entity, person, director or executive officer is determined under the rules of the SEC, and the information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose. Under such rules, beneficial ownership includes any shares as to which the individual has the sole or shared voting power or investment power and also any shares that the individual has the right to acquire as of March 20, 2023 (60 days after January 17, 2023) through the exercise of any vested stock options or the vesting of applicable stock unit awards. Unless otherwise indicated, each person has sole investment and voting power, or shares such powers with his or her spouse, with respect to the shares set forth in the following table. As of January 17, 2023, there were 178,344,094 shares of common stock outstanding.

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Name of Beneficial Owners
Number of
Shares of
Common Stock
Number of
Shares Subject
to Stock
Awards(1)
Deferred
Stock(2)
Total Shares
Beneficially Owned
% of
Class
Ronald S. Nersesian
54,888
132,007
​186,895
*
James G. Cullen
11,007
10,522
21,529
*
Satish C. Dhanasekaran
26,460