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Chad A. Fentress

Chad A. Fentress

Applied Materials
VP, Global Ethics & Compliance
Santa Clara, CA, USA


Chad is currently VP, Global Ethics and Compliance at Applied Materials where the company was recently recognized by Ethisphere as among The World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth consecutive year. He was previously with Nokia as its first Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. His career began with IBM in the in the ‘80s working as a commercial IT lawyers in product and software development, and sales and distribution. He spent the first part of this century with Accenture working at the leading edge of information technology law and compliance.  Chad has lived and worked across several states in the US and around the world. He and his family have enjoyed long-term assignments in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney, London and Helsinki. His extensive international and broad business experience have provided a strong foundation for his focus on corporate governance, ethics and compliance.

Chad’s vision and impact in the area of ethics and compliance have been well recognized by the field.  He has served as faculty for a number of international symposia dedicated to corporate governance and compliance including the ACI FCPA Bootcamp, Ethics & Compliance Officers Association, Business Ethics Leadership Council, Forbes Business Ethics Summit, European Business Ethics Forum, ACC, World Corruption Summit, and the ABA.  In 2009, Ethisphere recognized Chad as one of the  Top Ethics and Compliance Officers after four years of leading Accenture to be recognized as among The World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Chad has also worked beyond the enterprise to promote ethical conduct working closely with non-governmental organizations such as the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and the UN where he was a contributing member of the UN Global Compact Principle 10 Task Force.

Chad and his two young boys are happy to have settled down in Los Gatos, California.

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