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Applied Materials Mourns the Loss of Gary Fazzino

Applied Materials is deeply saddened by the passing of Gary Fazzino on Tuesday evening after a long battle with cancer.  Gary joined Applied Materials as Vice President, Government Affairs in July 2009 after a long and successful career at Hewlett-Packard Company.  In addition to serving as a government affairs executive in the private sector, Gary was a dedicated public servant in Palo Alto, serving on the City Council from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 to 2002.  He was elected Mayor of Palo Alto in 1992 and again in 1999.
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Applied Saddened by the Loss of Steve Appleton

The Applied Materials family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Appleton, Micron Chairman and CEO. Applied Materials would like to send its condolences to Steve’s family and the entire Micron Technology team. His leadership in the technology industry has always been admired and Steve will be greatly missed.
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Most Valuable Coordinator: Nancy Nielsen of Applied Materials

Special Blog Post By: Alisa Tantraphol, Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager, Second Harvest Food Bank. Anyone else stepping into the role of Food & Fund Drive Coordinator at Applied Materials would have found it daunting to inherit a drive that raised more than $850,000 for Second Harvest last year. Luckily, Nancy Nielsen is no stranger to corporate philanthropy. In addition to a wealth of experience from places like Harvard, the New York Times, and McKinsey & Co., her impressive resume includes seven years as the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer. Last August, Applied Materials hired Nancy to manage community involvement activities for Global Community Affairs. Less than six months into her role at Applied, Nancy has already proven herself as one of the hardest working food & fund drive coordinators toiling on behalf of the nearly quarter of a million clients relying on Second Harvest for food every month.
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Davos Recap: The Innovation Economy – How Nations Can Embrace the Challenges and Capitalize on Opportunities

At the 42nd World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Applied Materials hosted an intimate panel discussion on ‘The Innovation Economy – How Nations Can Embrace the Challenges and Capitalize on Opportunities.’ On the panel were Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tom Friedman, New York Times columnist. The discussion centered on several key points including how emerging technologies, government policies and education are changing the way we live and reshaping the global economy – and what it takes for the U.S. to be competitive in today’s world. The panel discussion was moderated by Poppy Harlow, anchor.View video recordings of the panel discussion on our 'Innovation Economy' web site.