June 21, 2007 – A reorganization at Applied Materials Inc. has put the company’s entire portfolio of semiconductor manufacturing systems under the eye of one top exec — and has resulted in to the departure of another.
Tom St. Dennis, previously SVP and GM for AMAT’s etch, cleans, frontend, and implant product business groups, will oversee a new collection of AMAT business lines ranging from thin films deposition (PVD, CVD, ALD), CMP, wet clean, etch, RTP, epi, track, and metrology and inspection. Essentially, that’s everything silicon except implant and service. According to AMAT’s Web site, flat-panel displays, and photovoltaics/solar continue to be run by Mark Pinto, CTO.
Mike Splinter, AMAT’s president and CEO, explained in a statement that “there are increasing opportunities for synergies across product platforms, engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain that support this move to a single silicon group.”
Also amid the reshuffling is the exit of another top executive: Farhad Moghadam, who was SVP and GM of the thin films product business group, who will resign “to pursue other interests.”