Leti Appoints Emmanuel Sabonnadiere as New CEO

Leti, a technology research institute of CEA Tech, has appointed Emmanuel Sabonnadiere as the CEO of the company, succeeding Marie-Noelle Semeria. Sabonnadiere, who has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in a variety of large technology environments, joins Leti from CEA Tech, where he led the industrial-partnership program. He brings a strong background in new-technology development with broad private-sector expertise in operational excellence, team building and guiding multicultural organizations in business transformation in Europe and globally.

As Leti's chief executive officer, Sabonnadiere leads the activities of one of Europe's largest micro and nanotechnologies research institutes, which employs approximately 1,900 scientists and engineers. It has a portfolio of 2,700 patents and has launched more than 60 startups. 

Pior to joining CEA, Sabonnadiere was CEO of the Philips Lighting's Business Group Professional in Amsterdam. From 2008 to 2014, he was CEO and chairman of General Cable Europe in Barcelona, and from 2005 to 2008 he served as CEO of NKM Noell in Wurzburg, Germany. Before that, he served as vice president of Alstom T&D for five years. Early in his career, he held multiple positions at Schneider Electric, including managing director of development for equipment units.

During his career, Sabonnadiere has designed and implemented strategic plans for process optimization, product redesign-to-costs, market-repositioning and system development. He holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, an MBA degree from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires de Grenoble and an engineering degree in information technology from the Université Technologie Compiègne. He is a fully qualified instructor at the ski school in Les Ménuires, and member of the advisory board of IAC.