Schroeder served as CEO of KLA-Tencor, a supplier of process control and yield management products for the semiconductor and related microelectronics industries.

In 2002, Business Week ranked KLA-Tencor the sixth best performer in the S&P 500.

Schroeder (also Kenneth Schroeder and Ken Schroeder) (b.

1945) is an American technology-focused corporate executive.

In 1991, he rejoined KLA as president and COO and served on the Board of Directors.

In these roles, all divisions of the company reported to Schroeder. Under Schroeder's leadership, KLA-Tencor became nationally recognized.

During his tenure as CEO (1999–2005), the company’s revenue doubled from billion to .1 billion and retained earnings tripled from 0 million to .1 billion.In 2002, Chief Executive Magazine ranked Schroeder one of its top 100 CEOs.Following Wharton, Schroeder worked at Hewlett-Packard as a manufacturing engineer, manufacturing engineering manager and operations manager of the computer division.In 1973, Schroeder moved to Spectra Physics, a laser supplier, to serve as manufacturing manager and then general manager of the Construction Laser Division.In 1979, Schroeder joined KLA Instruments (later known as KLA-Tencor) as employee 95.Schroeder started as the vice president of manufacturing and became senior vice-president in charge of two divisions (Wafer Inspection Systems and Reticle & Photomask Inspection).