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Sébastian Dauvé named CEA-Leti CEO

Published on 1 July 2021

GRENOBLE, France – July 1st – CEA-Leti, a technology research institute of CEA, today announced that Sebastien Dauvé has been named CEO, succeeding Emmanuel Sabonnadiere.

Sebastien Dauvé was named Director of CEA-Leti effective on July 1, 2021, after more than twenty years of experience in microelectronics technologies and their applications, including clean mobility, medicine of the future, and cybersecurity.

As CEA-Leti's chief executive officer, S. Dauvé leads the activities of one of Europe's largest micro- and nanotechnologies research institutes, which employs 1,900 scientists and engineers, has a portfolio of 3,000 patents, and has launched more than 70 startups.


"Hardware is definitely back in the tech-industry spotlight: from MedTech, power electronics for e-vehicules, to telecommunication networks and IoT, the semiconductors play an ever-larger role in our society" S. Dauvé said. "CEA-Leti multidisciplinary teams have a solid technological expertise coupled with advanced platforms to help make the necessary shift towards greener electronics, while continuing on delivering greater performance, downsizing form factor and lowering cost. I am very excited to be part of one of the greatest challenge of all times." 

Sebastien Dauvé started his career at the French Armament Electronics Center, where he worked on developing synthetic-aperture radar. In 2003, he joined CEA-Leti as an industrial transfer manager and supervised several joint research laboratories, in particular with the multinational Michelin.

In 2007, Sebastien Dauvé became a laboratory manager, then head of an R&D department specializing in sensors applied to the Internet of things and e-mobility.  During this time, he supported the dissemination of new technologies in industry, including the automotive industry (Renault), aeronautics and national defense (SAFRAN), and microchips with the industry leader (INTEL). He played an active role in the creation of start-up, ranging from health to infrastructure security, leading to dozens of new jobs. In 2016, he became Director of the CEA-Leti's Systems Division.

From sensors to wireless communication, Sebastien Dauvé has played an active role in the digital transformation. He has made cross-disciplinary approaches central to innovation by harnessing the expertise of talented teams with diverse backgrounds. Their goal is to pioneer disruptive technologies to address tomorrow's societal challenges.

Sebastien Dauvé is a graduate of the French Ecole Polytechnique and the National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space (ISAE-SUPAERO).



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