SESHA 2008 Speaker Biography

Bruce S. Klafter
Sr. Director, Environmental, Health and Safety , Applied Materials

Bruce Klafter is Sr. Director, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) for Applied Materials, Inc. in Santa Clara, California. Bruce also serves as Head, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for the company. Bruce heads up Applied’s EHS department, which is responsible for assisting business units worldwide with compliance, industrial hygiene, product safety and various strategic initiatives. The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability role encompasses a wide variety of reporting, employee engagement and other projects aimed at enhancing Applied’s global citizenship programs. Before assuming his current role, Bruce was EHS counsel for the Company. Prior to joining Applied in August, 2000, Bruce was Chair of the Environmental Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (a top 100 U.S. law firm) in San Francisco. Bruce began his career in 1980 as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. For more information about Applied Materials, see http://www.appliedmaterials.com/ Bruce is a past Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel America’s (ACC-A) national Environmental Committee as well as a past chair of the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Section and the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Environmental Committee. Bruce presently serves as an Advisory Council member for Sustainable Silicon Valley. Bruce received his JD from the University of California-Davis School of Law in 1980 and served as an Editor of the UC-Davis Law Journal and as Editor of Environs (a publication of the Environmental Law Society). He earned a B.S. magna cum laude in Urban and Environmental Planning (interdisciplinary) from Tufts University in 1976.