AMAT’s Varian integration continues with Dickerson named president

June 20, 2012 — In mid-2011, semiconductor manufacturing and assembly equipment supplier Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) acquired Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. Now, the company is adding Varian’s former CEO Gary Dickerson as president.

Dickerson will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and performance of the company’s four business units: the Silicon Systems Group, Energy and Environmental Solutions, Display and Applied Global Services. He will report directly to Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer.

Dickerson brings more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience. "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," said Mike Splinter.

Dickerson spent 7 years as CEO of Varian Semiconductor, during which time the company delivered record revenue and profits and ranked high in customer satisfaction.

Prior to Varian, Dickerson spent 18 years at KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) where he held a variety of operations and product development roles before being appointed COO in 1999 and then president and COO in 2002.  Dickerson started his semiconductor career in manufacturing and engineering management at General Motors’ Delco Electronics Division and AT&T Technologies.

Dickerson has a BS degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri, Rolla and an MBA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) provides equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Learn more at

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