Applied Materials, Inc. (Applied Materials), a US based provider of Nanomanufacturing Technology solutions for the global semiconductor and solar industries, has appointed Robert H. Swan to its board of directors. Swan has also been appointed as a member of the audit committee of the board. Swan has served as senior vice president (SVP), finance and chief financial officer (CFO) at eBay Inc. since March 2006.

“Bob is a great addition to our Board and our Audit Committee,” said Mike Splinter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Applied Materials. “His financial discipline and expertise, broad management experience and proven leadership will be great assets to help Applied take advantage of the growth opportunities ahead.”

As SVP, Swan oversaw all aspects of eBay’s finance function, as well as controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, audit, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations.

Earlier to eBay, Swan was CFO and executive vice president at Electronic Data Systems Corporation. He was responsible for all financial functions for the company as well as supply chain management and corporate administrative functions. Swan also served as executive vice president and CFO at TRW, Inc. and held various executive positions at Webvan. Swan served the first 15 years of his career at General Electric Company.

Swan has earned his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.