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Richard P. Wallace

Also Known As Mr. Wallace , Rick Wallace


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Rick Wallace serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of KLA Corporation, Inc.( KLAC)

as well as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Wallace began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, Wallace held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor..

Mr. Wallace also serves on the Board of Directors of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK). Mr. Wallace previously served on the Board of Directors of Proofpoint through their acquisition in 2021 by Thoma Bravo, as well as the Board of Directors of SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International), including as SEMI’s Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.


  • MS Eng. Management, Engineering Management - Santa Clara University
  • BSEE, Electrical Engineering - University of Michigan


  • KLA - CEO