ISS 2014 Speaker: Michael Splinter, Applied Materials - Biography

Michael R. Splinter
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Applied Materials, Inc.

Mike Splinter is executive chairman of the board of directors for Applied Materials, Inc. He was named president and chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors in 2003 and became chairman of the board in 2009. Mr. Splinter is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and led Applied Materials to record revenue and profits during his decade-long tenure as CEO. He is the recipient of the Semiconductor Industry Association's 2013 Robert N. Noyce Award for his outstanding achievements and leadership in support of the semiconductor industry.

Mr. Splinter serves on a number of influential business and industry boards and councils, including the U.S. – India CEO Forum, the Council on Competitiveness and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, where he advocates public policies to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. He serves on the boards of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) and Pica8, Inc. Mr. Splinter is committed to education and sits on the board of the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Prior to joining Applied Materials, Mr. Splinter spent 20 years at Intel Corporation where he held a number of positions including executive vice president and director of Sales and Marketing and executive vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group.

Mr. Splinter began his career at Rockwell International in the firm’s Electronics Research Center where he became manager of the company’s Semiconductor Fabrication Operations and was awarded two patents. Author of numerous papers and articles, Mr. Splinter earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.