Jay Kerley, 2012 Honoree

Vice president and CIO
Applied Materials
Austin, Texas
An example of your personal leadership style:
I visit locations and walk the halls looking for feedback on services, issues and opportunities. I maintain an open-door phone, email and IM policy.
Coolest current project:
Information Safety, a program focused on data leak protection, securing information at rest and in flight, and enhanced business process around handling data. The ability to correlate information and end-user behavior based on tagging and information flow is simply amazing. We gain new insight every day.
How are you building an IT department for the next 10 years?
One word: globalization. We are organized by functions with global responsibility rather than by geography. We have leadership across Asia, Europe and North America and consider matrix management, remote management and remote collaboration core competencies.
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