Company Overview


As a trusted, collaborative partner to the world’s leading semiconductor companies, Lam Research is a fundamental enabler of the silicon roadmap. In fact, today, nearly every advanced chip is built with Lam technology.

Our innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services allow chipmakers to build smaller, faster, and better performing electronic devices. We combine superior systems engineering, technology leadership, a strong values-based culture, and unwavering commitment to customer success to accelerate innovation, enabling our customers to shape the future.

Lam Research at a Glance

Our Mission

Lam Research is dedicated to the success of our customers by being the world-class provider of innovative technology and productivity solutions to the semiconductor industry


  • Number one in customer trust
  • Number one in market share
  • A company where successful people want to work
  • Best in-class products and services
  • Financial performance to fund the solutions our customers require and provide the return that our shareholders expect

Core Values

  • Achievement
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Innovation and continuous improvement
  • Mutual trust and respect
  • Open communication
  • Ownership and accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Think: customer, company, individual



Executive Biographies



Tim Archer

Timothy M. Archer is our president and chief operating officer. Mr. Archer joined us in June 2012 as our executive vice president, chief operating officer. Prior to joining us, he spent 18 years at Novellus Systems, Inc. in various technology development and business leadership roles, including most recently as chief operating officer from January 2011 to June 2012; executive vice president of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Customer Satisfaction from September 2009 to January 2011; and executive vice president of the PECVD and Electrofill Business Units from November 2008 to September 2009. His tenure at Novellus also included assignments as senior director of technology for Novellus Systems Japan from 1999 to 2001 and senior director of technology for the Electrofill Business Unit from April 2001 to April 2002. He started his career in 1989 at Tektronix, where he was responsible for process development for high-speed bipolar ICs. Mr. Archer completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and earned a B.S. degree in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.


Doug Bettinger

Douglas R. Bettinger is our executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief accounting officer with responsibility for Finance, Tax, Treasury, Information Technology, and Investor Relations. Prior to joining the Company in 2013, Mr. Bettinger served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Avago Technologies from 2008 to 2013. From 2007 to 2008, he served as vice president of Finance and corporate controller at Xilinx, Inc., and from 2004 to 2007, he was chief financial officer at 24/7 Customer, a privately held company. Mr. Bettinger worked at Intel Corporation from 1993 to 2004, where he held several senior-level finance positions, including corporate planning and reporting controller and Malaysia site operations controller. Mr. Bettinger earned an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


Gary Bultman

Gary Bultman has been our senior vice president, Corporate Development with responsibility for driving our strategic agenda, inclusive of organic and inorganic strategies, focused on increasing the success of our business and expanding our horizons, since April 2018. Immediately prior to that time, Mr. Bultman had been senior vice president, Strategic Development and Emerging Markets from January 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bultman held various roles, including division general manager, strategic development, and chief marketing officer, at KLA-Tencor. Prior to that Mr. Bultman was at Applied Materials, where he gained experience in equipment engineering, marketing, and sales. He started his career at AT&T Corporation where he served as a semiconductor process engineer. Mr. Bultman earned a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.


Audrey Charles

Audrey Charles has been our senior vice president, Global Human Resources, with responsibility for the alignment of our organization and people strategies to corporate business objectives and the execution of people-oriented processes, since February 2018. Immediately prior to that time, she had been corporate vice president of Global Human Resources since February 2017, vice president of corporate initiatives and chief of staff to the chief executive officer since September 2015, managing director of Investor Relations since March 2015, senior director of Investor Relations since September 2014, and senior director of Technology Process since January 2012. She has been with us for more than 20 years and has a broad base of experience, including engineering, marketing, and customer management. Ms. Charles earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in applied physics from Dublin City University.


Rick Gottscho

Richard A. Gottscho is our executive vice president, chief technology officer, a position he has held since May 2017. Prior to that time, he had been executive vice president, Global Products Group beginning in August 2010; and group vice president and general manager, Etch Businesses beginning in March 2007. He joined us in January 1996 and has served at various director and vice president levels in support of etch products, CVD products, and corporate research. Prior to joining us, he was a member of Bell Laboratories for 15 years, where he started his career working in plasma processing. During his tenure at Bell, he headed research departments in electronics materials, electronics packaging, and flat panel displays. He is the author of numerous papers, patents, and lectures in plasma processing and process control. He is a recipient of the American Vacuum Society’s Peter Mark Memorial Award and Plasma Science and Technology Division Prize, the Gaseous Electronics Conference Foundation Lecturer, the Dry Process Symposium Nishizawa Award, and the Tegal Thinker Award. He is a fellow of the American Physical and American Vacuum Societies, has served on numerous editorial boards of refereed technical publications and program committees for major conferences in plasma science and engineering, and was vice-chair of a National Research Council study on plasma science in the 1980s. In 2016, Dr. Gottscho was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Gottscho earned Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University, respectively.


Kevin Jennings

Kevin D. Jennings is our senior vice president, global operations, a position he has held since February 2018 in which he is responsible for worldwide manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and facilities. Prior to that time, he had been group vice president, global operations beginning in June 2013; and vice president, strategic development, beginning in June 2012. Prior to our acquisition of Novellus in June 2012, he held a variety of executive roles covering engineering, business development, marketing, product line general management, and operations at Novellus. Mr. Jennings has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor capital equipment industry that includes KLA-Tencor and began in 1986 at Applied Materials. He earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering technology from DeVry University.


Pat Lord

Patrick J. Lord is our senior vice president and general manager of the Customer Support Business Group, a position he has held since December 2016. Previously, Dr. Lord held the position of group vice president and deputy general manager of the Global Products Group from September 2013 to December 2016. He served as the head of the Direct Metals, GapFill, Surface Integrity Group, and Integrated Metals (“DGSI”) Business Units between June 2012 and September 2013. Prior to our acquisition of Novellus in June 2012, Dr. Lord was senior vice president and general manager of the DGSI Business Units at Novellus. Additionally, Dr. Lord held the position of senior vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning. He joined Novellus in 2001 and held a number of other positions, including executive vice president and general manager of the CMP Business Unit, senior director of Business Development, senior director of Strategic Marketing, and acting vice president of Corporate Marketing. Before joining Novellus, Dr. Lord spent six years at KLA-Tencor Corporation (“KLA-Tencor”) in various product marketing and management roles. He earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Scott Meikle

Scott G. Meikle is our senior vice president of Global Customer Operations, a position he has held since September 2017. Before joining us, he was an independent consultant for a year and director, special projects at Micron Technology, Inc. for seven months. Prior to that time, he spent over five and a half years at Inotera Memories, Inc., most recently as its president from August 2012 to December 2015. Dr. Meikle started his career in process R&D and advanced to various leadership roles in business operations across multiple geographies for Micron Technology, and has over 25 years of experience in the memory devices sector of the semiconductor industry. He earned his Ph.D. and M. Eng. degrees in engineering physics from Shizuoka University and McMaster University, respectively, and a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Calgary.


Sarah O’Dowd

Sarah A. O’Dowd is our senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. She joined us in September 2008 as group vice president and chief legal officer, responsible for general legal matters, intellectual property and ethics, and compliance. In addition to her Legal function, in April 2009 she was appointed vice president of Human Resources and served in this dual capacity through May 2012. Prior to joining us, she was vice president and general counsel for FibroGen, Inc., from February 2007 until September 2008. Until February 2007, Ms. O’Dowd was a shareholder in the law firm of Heller Ehrman LLP for more than 20 years, practicing in the areas of corporate securities, governance, and mergers and acquisitions for a variety of clients, principally publicly traded high-technology companies. She served in a variety of leadership and management roles at Heller Ehrman, including managing partner of the Silicon Valley and San Diego offices, member of the firm’s Policy Committee, and, as head of the firm’s business practice groups, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. O’Dowd earned her J.D. and M.A. degrees in communications from Stanford Law School and Stanford University, respectively, and her B.A. degree in mathematics from Immaculata College.


Vahid Vahedi

Vahid Vahedi is group vice president of the Etch Business Unit for Lam Research. Previously, he served as vice president of Etch Business Product Management and Marketing, vice president of Dielectric Etch, vice president of Conductor and 3DIC Etch, and director of Conductor Etch Technology Development at Lam Research. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering with focus on partially ionized plasmas in 1993.


Sesha Varadarajan

Sesha Varadarajan is our senior vice president and general manager of the Deposition Business Unit, a position he has held since February 2018. Prior that time, he was group vice president of the Deposition product group since September 2013. Previously, he served as the head of the PECVD/Electrofill Business Unit between June 2012 and September 2013. Prior to our acquisition of Novellus in June 2012, Mr. Varadarajan was senior vice president and general manager of Novellus’ PECVD and Electrofill Business Units. He joined Novellus in 1999 as a process engineer with the Electrofill Business Unit and held various roles in that business unit before being appointed director of technology in 2004. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked in the PECVD Business Unit, initially as director of technology, until being promoted to product general manager. In 2009, he returned to the Electrofill Business Unit as vice president and general manager. In mid-2011, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager, where he was also responsible for the PECVD Business Unit. Mr. Varadarajan earned an M.S. degree in manufacturing engineering and material science from Boston University and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Mysore.

Board of Directors

Stephen G. Newberry


Tim Archer

and Chief Executive Officer

Eric K. Brandt

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (former)
Broadcom Corporation

Michael R. Cannon

General Partner
MRC & LBC Partners, LLC

Youssef A. El-Mansy, Ph.D.

Vice President, Director of Logic Technology Development (retired)
Intel Corporation

Christine A. Heckart

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Scalyr, Inc.

Catherine P. Lego

Lego Ventures, LLC

Abhijit Y. Talwalkar

President and Chief Executive Officer (former)
LSI Corporation

Lih Shyng (Rick L.) Tsai, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
MediaTek Inc.

Company History

Since 1980, Lam has played a key role in contributing to the extraordinary pace of innovation in the semiconductor industry.

Social Responsibility

We recognize that Lam has an obligation to positively impact the regions where our employees live and work and to produce our equipment responsibly.

Office Locations

Headquartered in Fremont, California, we have locations in countries around the world, including manufacturing in the U.S., Austria, and South Korea.