How We Do It

We inhabit two worlds: one that's nanometers in scale and one that's global. This micro and macro view gives us a unique perspective. We see electrons wave and industries transform. When you put deep science together with optimism, big things happen.

Expertise

Last year we invested over $600 million in R&D. That's a measure of our commitment to solving the most daunting technical challenges. From our ground-breaking mask inspection tool in 1975 that signaled the dawn of semiconductor process control, to today's broadband plasma technology that discovers defects at the speed of light, we like to arrive first.

Collaboration

Active collaboration multiplies agile thinking. We put this approach into practice at strategic, technical and operational levels with our partners. Working side-by-side both geographically and intellectually, we maximize discovery and solutions.

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Operations

We have a proven ability to go from concept to global marketplace. We invent in-house, make strategic acquisitions and share technology across systems to diversify our perspectives and widen the range of our solutions. Comprehensive service programs keep it all optimized.

Foundation

We support a range of community and charitable initiatives with funding and volunteer opportunities: STEM education, health and wellness programs, local aid and international disaster relief. We sponsor the Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Clara County and fight river blindness in Africa. Not for profit, just for humanity.

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Silicon Valley
Pioneers Since

1976

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Global
Locations

17

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Tools
Worldwide

24,100

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R&D Last 4 Years

$2.2B

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CY18 Revenues

$4.3B

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Global Employees

7,000

Management

Rick Wallace

CEO

Bren Higgins

CFO

Ben Tsai

CTO, EVP Corporate Alliances


Rick Wallace serves as the chief executive officer and president of KLA Corporation as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 30+-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.

Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company, and Proofpoint, Inc., a security and compliance company.

Wallace earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.

Bren Higgins oversees KLA’s finance operations and control processes, corporate procurement, strategic marketing, business development and investor relations.

Since 1999, he has held numerous roles within the company, including division controller assignments, group controller for KLA’s largest business group, senior director of financial planning and analysis, and VP of corporate finance, in which he had responsibility for treasury, investor relations and corporate business development.

Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his master’s degree in finance from the University of California at Davis.

Ben Tsai is responsible for spearheading KLA’s technology roadmap, strategic technology sourcing, corporate alliances and venture investments.

In over 20 years at KLA, he has held a wide range of technology and leadership positions, including serving as VP and general manager of the wafer inspection division. In 1994 he was named CTO. He was previously SVP of technology at Tokyo Electron Limited. He holds approximately 50 patents in areas of inspection and metrology.

Tsai received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University, and his master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Management

Rick Wallace

CEO

Bren Higgins

CFO

Ben Tsai

CTO, EVP Corporate Alliances


Rick Wallace serves as the chief executive officer and president of KLA Corporation as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 30+-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.

Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company, and Proofpoint, Inc., a security and compliance company.

Wallace earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.

Bren Higgins oversees KLA’s finance operations and control processes, corporate procurement, strategic marketing, business development and investor relations.

Since 1999, he has held numerous roles within the company, including division controller assignments, group controller for KLA’s largest business group, senior director of financial planning and analysis, and VP of corporate finance, in which he had responsibility for treasury, investor relations and corporate business development.

Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his master’s degree in finance from the University of California at Davis.

Ben Tsai is responsible for spearheading KLA’s technology roadmap, strategic technology sourcing, corporate alliances and venture investments.

In over 20 years at KLA, he has held a wide range of technology and leadership positions, including serving as VP and general manager of the wafer inspection division. In 1994 he was named CTO. He was previously SVP of technology at Tokyo Electron Limited. He holds approximately 50 patents in areas of inspection and metrology.

Tsai received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University, and his master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability, green commitments and social responsibility: these are fundamental values at KLA.

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RBA Compliance

We champion the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct with our many suppliers around the globe.

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Anti-Bribery Policy

Compliance with all anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws is a mandate for all our business partners

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United States Import Supply Chain Security Policy

We think a safe, well-protected supply chain is essential. Here's how we work with US Customs and our business partners to combat cargo loss and tampering.

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Supplier Diversity

In our sourcing and purchasing activities, we actively seek to include diverse suppliers who offer goods and services that meet KLA’s standards, supplier selection criteria and customer requirements.

Supply Chain Product Regulatory Compliance

As a member of the US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, we're focused on a safe, secure supply chain.

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Ethics Portal

Our standards of business conduct are defined by our core values. Each of us has the right to work in a safe, ethical environment.

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Supply Chain Human Rights Policy

We expect our suppliers to adhere to global principles on human rights. These include everything from labor policy and right to organize to equality and anti-discrimination.

View Our Human Rights Policy

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