Tom Larkins

Barbara Wilets

Tom Larkins retired from Applied Materials, Inc. in April 2021 after serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel since joining the company in November 2012. He was responsible for all legal affairs, worldwide intellectual property and global security, and brought to Applied a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions, global commercial transactions and operations, corporate finance, securities, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Applied, Tom served as vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel of Honeywell International Inc. from September 2002 to November 2012. He joined Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal) in 1997 and served in various business general counsel positions. 

Prior to joining Honeywell, Tom served as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of L.A.Gear from 1994 to 1997. Before that, he was in private practice (mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate) in Los Angeles for seven years.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University (1983) and his J.D. from the University of Southern California (1986).

Tom is also a member of the Board of Directors of Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (serves as Chair of Nom Gov Committee and a member of the Executive Committee; former member of Finance Committee); Montalvo Arts Center (serves on the Finance and Audience Development Committees); and USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors (completed two year term as Chair in July 2022).

Tom first became aware of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley when he joined Applied Materials at the time of the company’s annual fundraising drive to benefit Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and other food banks across the country in communities where its employees live and work.  Tom was immediately struck by the severity of the food insecurity problem, the passionate persistence of the Second Harvest team in addressing it, and the intense enthusiasm of the Applied community in supporting the cause.  He became an active executive leader of Applied’s fundraising efforts and always viewed the company’s Helping Hands Day at Second Harvest as one of the highlights of his year. Tom has remained a committed supporter of Second Harvest in his retirement.  

Tom is a novice golfer, a home vineyard owner of merlot vines, a travel enthusiast, a curator of selections of TV shows, movies and books, and a passionate fan of Philadelphia and Stanford teams. 

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