Leti announces replacement as CEO goes to Soitec

July 01, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Leti announces replacement as CEO goes to Soitec
Emmanuel Sabonnadiere, formerly CEO of France's state-supported research institute, has become vice president of silicon-carbide at wafer producer Soitec SA (Grenoble, France).

Sebastien Dauvé, has been announced as his replacement. Dauvé is an internal appointment having joined Leti in 2003 as an industrial transfer manager and supervised several joint research laboratories. In 2007, Dauvé became a laboratory manager, then head of an R&D department specializing in sensors applied to the Internet of things and e-mobility. In 2016, he became director of the CEA-Leti's systems division.

"Hardware is definitely back in the tech-industry spotlight: from medtech, power electronics for e-vehicules, to telecommunication networks and IoT, semiconductors play an ever-larger role in our society," said Dauvé, in a statement issued by Leti.

Meanwhile Soitec is seeking to exploit the trend towards power devices based on silicon-carbide wafers. Soitec is looking to apply the SmartCut technology that it has used to produce silicon-on-insulator wafers to silicon-carbide.

Before being appointed CEO of Leti Sabonnadiere held executive positions at Philips Lighting, investment firm Gimv and General Cable Europe. He started his career at Schneider Electric, Alstom/Areva, and the manufacturing group NKM/ Noell.

"Emmanuel is a perfect fit for Soitec to drive our promising SmartCut SiC technology and conquer new markets," said Bernard Aspar, COO of Soitec, in a statement, issued by Soitec.

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