Corporate Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Halliday is chief financial officer (CFO) of Applied Materials, Inc. He previously was Applied’s CFO from February 2013 to August 2017 and has been a senior advisor to the Company in areas such as business development and government affairs since September 2017. During his tenure as CFO, Applied achieved new levels of financial performance, including five consecutive quarters of record earnings. Together with CEO Gary Dickerson, Bob implemented an innovation leadership strategy focused on driving sustainable growth and creating increased value for shareholders. Bob accelerated investment in R&D and led initiatives to strengthen the organization and its processes, so that Applied works closer with customers, identifies technology inflections earlier and creates successful products in a more repeatable way.
Prior to his role as CFO, Bob was general manager of Applied’s implant business unit and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates prior to Applied’s acquisition of the company in November 2011. During his tenure at Varian, the company achieved record financial and stock performance and Bob was named a top CFO by Institutional Investor magazine. He previously served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Ionics, Inc., a manufacturer of water treatment capital equipment.
Bob earned master of business administration and bachelor of science degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a Certified Public Accountant.