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Our Mission

Drive semiconductor breakthroughs that define the next generation.

Guiding Principles

  • Think customer, company, and individual
  • Be number one in customer trust
  • Attract, retain, and develop the best talent
  • Deliver best-in-class solutions
  • Achieve financial goals to deliver shareholder value
  • Act with purpose for a better world

Core Values

  • Achievement
  • Agility
  • Honesty & integrity
  • Inclusion & diversity
  • Innovation & continuous improvement
  • Mutual trust & respect
  • Open communication
  • Ownership & accountability
  • Teamwork

Executive biographies

Leadership

Tim Archer

Biography

Tim Archer

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Timothy M. Archer is president and chief executive officer at Lam Research. During his tenure as CEO, he has driven revenue growth of more than 50%* and an EPS increase of more than 85%*. He joined the company in 2012 following its acquisition of Novellus Systems, Inc. (“Novellus”) when he began serving as Lam’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was later promoted to president and chief operating officer, and then president and chief executive officer in December 2018.

Tim currently serves on the International Board of Directors for SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. From 2020 to 2022, he served as chairman of the board for the National Consortium for Graduate Engineering Degrees for Minorities (GEM): a nonprofit organization in the U.S. that is dedicated to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and science at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Prior to joining Lam, Tim had an 18-year tenure at Novellus where he served as the company’s COO, and held other executive positions supporting worldwide sales, marketing, customer satisfaction, and product and business development. He began his career at Tektronix, Inc. in 1989, developing processes for high-speed bipolar integrated circuits.

Tim completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and earned his B.S. degree in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.

*Calendar year 2018 compared to calendar year 2021

Doug Bettinger

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Doug Bettinger

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Douglas R. Bettinger is executive vice president, and chief financial officer at Lam Research, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s finance, tax, treasury, investor relations and corporate analytics.

Prior to joining Lam, Doug served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Avago Technologies Ltd. and held a variety of executive finance positions with Xilinx, Inc., 24/7 Customer, and Intel Corp.

He earned his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan, and his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Audrey Charles

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Audrey Charles

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Audrey Charles is senior vice president of corporate strategy at Lam Research. In this position, held since 2020, she is responsible for leading the executive management team in the development of strategic priorities and key initiatives that support the company’s long-term profitable growth. Audrey also oversees Lam’s Corporate Development team and the company’s investment arm, Lam Capital, which invests in disruptive companies that advance the semiconductor ecosystem through next generation industrial automation, technology and product innovation, and new market opportunities. She brings a broad base of experience to her role, including engineering, marketing, customer management and investor relations. Since joining Lam in 1995, she has served in a range of leadership positions including senior vice president of Global Human Resources, vice president of corporate initiatives and chief of staff to the CEO. Audrey earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in applied physics from Dublin City University.

Neil Fernandes

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Neil Fernandes

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Neil Fernandes is the senior vice president of global customer operations at Lam Research. Previously, he was global vice president of business development and sales operations and held other senior sales and customer-focused leadership positions at Lam. He joined the company in 2012 through the acquisition of Novellus Systems, where he was the vice president of sales operations. Prior to that role, he held range of management positions in product marketing and process engineering at Novellus Systems, Gasonics and Watkins-Johnson.

Neil earned his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Fine

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Steve Fine

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Steve Fine is chief communications officer for Lam Research, with responsibility for the company’s global corporate communications, marketing communications, brand, and social impact programs including the Lam Foundation. ​

Previously, he served as Vice President of Strategic Integrated Communications for Lam, developing programs to enhance the company’s brand. ​

Prior to joining Lam, Steve served as Head of Executive and Employee Communications and Culture for Hitachi Vantara. Previously, he led communications for electric operations at Pacific Gas and Electric company. Earlier in his career, Steve oversaw business communications for the San Francisco 49ers, and partnered with leading companies in the technology and healthcare industries at several public relations agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC. ​

Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University. ​

Rick Gottscho

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Rick Gottscho

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Richard (Rick) A. Gottscho is executive vice president and strategic advisor to the CEO – Innovation Ecosystem at Lam Research, where he develops strategies and leads collaborations to accelerate innovation in the semiconductor industry. Rick brings 40 years of technology leadership to his role.

Previously, he was executive vice president and chief technology officer at Lam where he led initiatives to transform lithography and process engineering. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president of Lam’s Global Products Group, overseeing the company’s Deposition, Etch, and Clean businesses. Before joining Lam, Rick was a member of Bell Laboratories, where he oversaw research in processing, materials, packaging, and flat panel displays.

Rick is a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Vacuum Society (AVS) and has served on numerous committees for conferences in plasma technology. He regularly presents at universities and conferences. In recognition of Rick’s technical achievements, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering inducted him into their ranks in 2016. Rick has also been honored with the AVS’s Peter Mark Memorial Award, the AVS Plasma Science and Technology Division Prize, the Dry Process Symposium Nishizawa Award, and VLSIresearch’s list of 2020 All Stars of the Semiconductor Industry.

He earned his Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University respectively.

Ava Harter

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Ava Harter

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Ava Harter is senior vice president and chief legal officer at Lam Research with responsibility for the company’s global legal, regulatory and government affairs functions. 

Prior to joining Lam, Ava was the executive vice president and chief legal officer at Whirlpool Corporation where she held enterprise-wide responsibility for global legal matters, as well as security and claims for the company. Previously, she served as General Counsel at Owens Corning and oversaw legal, corporate affairs and government affairs. Prior to that, Ava held substantial legal roles at General Electric and Dow Chemical. She also worked at the law firms of Jones Day and Thomspon Hine and was an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University Law School. 

She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, an M.B.A. in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University. 

Mary Hassett

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Mary Hassett

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Mary Hassett is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Lam Research, with responsibility for aligning Lam’s valued people resources to the company’s strategic priorities and supporting employee engagement, leadership development and a strong company culture. 

Prior to joining Lam, Mary worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for nearly 25 years where she served in various of HR leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president of Human Resources for the company’s Hybrid IT organization. 

Mary earned her B.B.S. degree with a focus in French and HR studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Pat Lord

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Pat Lord

Biography

Patrick Lord is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lam Research where he is responsible for driving efficiency, productivity and business resilience to support the profitable scaling of the company’s global operations. This includes oversight of Global Operations, Global Information Systems, Global Workplace Solutions, Global Quality and EH&S, the Customer Support Business Group (CSBG) and Global Resilience, Security, and Transformation groups.  

Previously, he was executive president of CSBG and Global Operations. He joined the Lam in 2012 following its acquisition of Novellus Systems. At Novellus, Pat served in a variety of executive leadership positions, most recently senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Direct Metals, GapFill, Surface Integrity Group and Integrated Metals Business Units. Prior to Novellus, he worked at KLA-Tencor Corp., where he held various product management and marketing roles.  

Pat earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Vahid Vahedi

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Vahid Vahedi

Biography

Vahid Vahedi is senior vice president and chief technology officer at Lam Research. In this role, he is responsible for driving innovation breakthroughs that define the next generation of semiconductors and result in the expansion of the company’s portfolio of best-in-class products and solutions. 

Vahid has nearly 30 years of experience in technology and business leadership. Joining Lam in 1995, he was previously the senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Etch Business Unit, where he was responsible for the launch of Sense.i®, Lam’s most innovative etch platform to date. Prior to that, he held a range of leadership positions at the company, supporting product management and marketing for the Etch Business Unit, as well as overseeing development of Lam’s dielectric etch, conductor and 3DIC etch innovations. 

Vahid earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Sesha Varadarajan

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Sesha Varadarajan

Biography

Sesha Varadarajan is senior vice president of the Global Products Group at Lam Research, where he is responsible for leading product design, engineering and business processes for the company’s etch and deposition solutions. Varadarajan has over 20 years of experience in business and technology leadership at Lam, most recently serving as general manager of the company’s deposition product group. Previously, he held a range of other senior leadership positions at the company.  

Sesha earned his 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

Abhijit Y. Talwalkar

Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer (former)
LSI Corporation

Tim Archer

President
and Chief Executive Officer

Sohail Ahmed

Senior Vice president and General Manager, Technology Manufacturing Group (former)
Intel Corporation

Eric K. Brandt

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

Michael R. Cannon

General Partner
MRC & LBC Partners, LLC

John M. Dineen

President and Chief Executive Officer (former)
GE Healthcare

Ho Kyu Kang, Ph.D.

Chair Professor of the Department of Systems Semiconductor Engineering
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Bethany J. Mayer

Executive Advisor
Siris Capital Group LLC

Jyoti Mehra

Executive Vice President of Human Resources
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Lih Shyng (Rick L.) Tsai, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
MediaTek Inc.

Leslie F. Varon

Chief Financial Officer (former)
Xerox Corporation

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