Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Workplace
Applied Materials Inc.
Joe Pon is corporate vice president of communications, public affairs, and workplace at Applied Materials, whose technology is used to produce virtually every new semiconductor chip and advanced display in the world. Since he began his career at Applied, the Silicon Valley company has grown nearly 50-fold, and has diversified and accessed new markets to win the #1 global position in its industry –while earning recognition as a most-admired company, a best place to work, and a leading corporate citizen delivering results on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. From 2009 to 2012, he served as vice president of programs at the James Irvine Foundation. He has a B.A in Russian/Soviet studies from Claremont McKenna College and an M.S in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.