October 2020

Applied Materials


Our client, Applied Materials, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. The company’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables their customers to transform possibilities into reality. Applied Materials represents Ascend Talent Strategies’ capability to support a multi-billion dollar, global business on important leadership talent assessment and development initiatives.

According to Susan Schmitt, Group Vice President and Head of Human Resources at Applied Materials, “Our talent program is benefiting from Ascend’s skills in assessing and identifying ways to develop a leader’s capacity to comfortably deal with the challenges that exist in today’s global business climate. They also help us better understand the suitability of candidates and employees for critical positions concerning their team role, conflict style, work style, learning approach, personality, and managerial style. Ascend has helped us make key talent decisions that will continue to fuel our organization’s ability to set strategic direction and achieve our business goals.”

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