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Distinguished Service Award for Kenneth L. Schroeder

Kenneth L. Schroeder

Kenneth L. Schroeder
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Kenneth Schroeder is one of the semiconductor industry's MVPs. In 1994 and 1995, VLSI Research named him Most Valuable Executive on its annual list of outstanding contributors in the semiconductor capital equipment industry.

Today, he is president and chief operating officer of KLA-Tencor Corporation (formerly KLA Instruments Corporation). With $1.1 billion in revenue, KLA-Tencor is the world's leading supplier of process control and yield management solutions for semiconductor manufacturing and related industries, and is the fourth largest manufacturer of semiconductor equipment in the world.

An S&P 500 company, KLA-Tencor is traded on the Nasdaq National market. In the past two years, the company has been named one of the "100 fastest growing companies" by Fortune Magazine, and one of the "100 most dynamic companies" by Forbes ASAP. KLA-Tencor is headquartered in San Jose, California, with sales and support facilities around the world.

Schroeder joined KLA in 1979, held a variety of management positions and was ultimately appointed senior vice president for the corporation. In 1987, he left to pursue other interests, but returned to the company in 1991 and was appointed president and COO.

Schroeder has also held the positions of operations manager for Hewlett-Packard's Computer Group, general manager of the Construction Systems Division of Spectra-Physics, and president and COO of Genus, Inc.

During his career, he has served as a director on the boards of several companies, including Adept Technology, Genus, Photon Dynamics and KLA-Tencor Corporation.


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