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Emmanuel Sabonnadiere



Published on 27 April 2021


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© Pierre Jayet

Emmanuel Sabonnadiere 

CEO CEA-Leti 

Innovation is the mother of the future world, this means innovation in hardware is the masterpiece of the game. It paves the way for the evolution of the algorithm and the next generation of systems. Not only is hardware making a comeback, but it is a game changer.


Emmanuel Sabonnadiere brought a strong technological background and successful business track record to CEA-Leti in 2017, when he was named CEO. He joined the institute following fours as head of the Industrial Partners program of CEA Tech. Prior to that, he served  as CEO of the Amsterdam-based Business Group Professional of Philips Lighting and CEO & Chairman of General Cable Europe, based in Barcelona. 
  • He also was CEO of NKM Noell at Wurzburg, Germany, and vice president of the Distribution Transformers division of Alstom T&D. He began his career in 1992 with Schneider Electric holding various positions, including Managing Director of Development for Equipment Units. During his 25+ years of executive leadership of large operations, he produced successful operating results and great team building. 
  • In addition to acquiring a deep knowledge of European and international business and tech environments, he gained broad experience in change management in large multi-cultural matrix organizations where he helped his divisions adapt to new market conditions. He also designed and set up strategic plans that fostered innovation. Throughout his career he has promoted operational excellence, technology innovation, talent management and enthusiasm in leadership. His outlook is shaped by operational excellence, technological innovation, talent management, and enthusiastic team building. 
  • He also chairs the Nanoelec IRT (Technological Research Institute) and is the president of CEA-Leti Carnot Institute. He is president of France's industry strategic committee (CSF) for bioproduction and a member of the CSF for the electronics industry. In addition, is a member of SEMI's European Council and has chaired the JESSICA France Association since January 2020 (CAP'TRONIC program).
  • He holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Université Technologie Compiègne and an MBA degree from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires de Grenoble.