Previous CEO Marie-Noelle Semeria became chief technology officer at oil and gas company Total SA with effect from November 2. Semeria had served Leti as CEO from October 2014.
Sabonnadiere, joins Leti from its parent organization CEA Tech, where he led the industrial-partnership program. Leti itself is one of Europe's largest micro- and nanotechnology research institutes and employs approximately 1,900 scientists and engineers, has a portfolio of 2,700 patents and has launched more than 60 startups.
Prior to joining CEA, Sabonnadiere was CEO of Philips Lighting's professional business group based 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.
Sabonnadiere holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, an MBA degree from Ecole Superieure des Affaires de Grenoble and an engineering degree in information technology from the Universite Technologie Compiegne.
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