Applied appoints former Varian CEO president
6/20/2012 9:48 AM EDT
SAN ANTONIO—Semiconductor and solar panel manufactruing equipment vendor Applied Materials Inc. Tuesday (June 19) appointed Gary Dickerson to the position of president, effective immediately.
Dickerson, who has more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience, was most recently the CEO of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc., which Applied acquired last year. As president, Dickerson will report directly to Mike Splinter, Applied's chairman and CEO, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and performance of the company's four business units, the company said.
"Gary is a seasoned and respected leader who brings a wealth of industry knowledge and an impressive track record of delivering winning products, high customer satisfaction and strong financial performance," Splinter said, in a statement. "At a time when Applied's strategy is focused on enabling the success of our customers, developing innovative new products and demonstrating shareholder value, Gary is the right person to provide breakthrough leadership for our business segments to achieve the bold objectives we have set out for ourselves."
Prior to serving as CEO of Varian, Dickerson spent 18 years at KLA-Tencor Corp., where he held a variety of operations and product development roles before being appointed chief operating officer in 1999 and then president and chief operating officer in 2002. Dickerson started his semiconductor career in manufacturing and engineering management at General Motors' Delco Electronics Division and AT&T Technologies.