Head of Human Resources
Madonna Bolano leads the global Human Resources function for Applied Materials. Ms. Bolano and her team support the business to attract, develop, and retain industry-leading talent and provide a climate and incentives to maximize the value they create for Applied. She has worked with the team to successfully transform the company’s vision, mission, and values, develop and execute a winning strategy, improve employee engagement, close and integrate mergers and acquisitions, and create and staff new businesses and functions.
Prior to her current role, she was head of HR for the Silicon Systems Group (SSG), the Company’s largest business group, and previously led HR for the Display and SunFab Solar groups. She rejoined Applied in July 2009 from SunPower Corporation, where she supported the Worldwide Operations organization and led the HR Operations function. Prior to SunPower, she held HR leadership positions for 15 years in the semiconductor equipment industry at Lam Research Corporation, Applied Materials, and AG Associates (now part of Mattson Technology, Inc.).
Ms. Bolano has been recognized for her achievements and influence inside and outside the workplace. She received the 2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award, and in 2014 she was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology" by the National Diversity Council and a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is a board member of the Applied Materials Foundation and holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology, conferred with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley.