Former Chairman of the Board, Applied Materials Israel
Dan Vilenski is former chairman of Applied Materials Israel, having served the company since 1997, when he began as Corporate Vice President.
Mr. Vilenski is responsible for the successful integration in Israel of three independent subsidiaries for leading American high tech companies: Kulicke and Soffa (K&S), KLA Instruments and Applied Materials. All three firms operate in the field of semiconductor capital equipment and employ a combined total of 1500 persons in Israel.
Mr. Vilenski served for four years (1993-1996) as Executive Director of the Israel-US joint Bi-national Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, spearheading innovative industrial cooperation between Israeli and US high tech companies. During the period of his management, the BIRD Foundation created about 160 unique cooperation programs, many of which proved highly beneficial. He is a familiar figure among Israeli industrialists and continues to support Israel's Ministry of Economy in selected activities.
Mr. Vilenski received his B.Sc. in 1964 and his Mechanical Engineering M.Sc. in 1967 from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. From 1967 to 1969 he was a staff member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and subsequently began as a design engineer at Kulicke and Soffa in Philadelphia. He eventually served as a Vice President at K&S. From 1985 to 1992, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of KLA Instruments in Israel.
He is active as a volunteer for numerous educational activities, including the interactive Museum of Science in Haifa and several entrepreneurship programs for young students. Mr. Vilenski serves on the Board of Governors of the Technion.