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Michael Splinter has retired from the board at Applied Materials; Wim Roelandts takes over.


Applied Materials has elected Willem Roelandts as chairman. He succeeds Michael Splinter, who has retired from the board.

Splinter, who is no longer associated with Applied Materials, served as chief executive at Applied from 2003 to 2013 and as chairman since 2009. In late April, Splinter was nominated to the board at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). Splinter, along with the seven existing board members at TSMC, will stand for election at TSMC’s annual general meeting on June 9, 2015.

Meanwhile, Roelandts is currently Applied Materials’ lead independent director and has served on the board since 2004. He was president and chief executive officer of Xilinx from 1996 to 2008. He was chairman of Xilinx from 2003 to 2009. Prior to joining Xilinx, Roelandts spent 29 years at Hewlett-Packard.

“Applied Materials is a Silicon Valley pioneer that is at the forefront of enabling the future of electronics and it is an honor to be selected to lead the board as chairman,” Roelandts said in a statement. “Together with all of the directors, I would like to express our appreciation to Mike for his service and achievements, as well as our admiration for his integrity, drive and pursuit of excellence.”

In the same statement, Splinter said: “I treasure my time with Applied and am amazed at all we have accomplished together to propel both the company and the industry forward.”

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