Pierre Barnabé

CEO, Soitec


Pierre Barnabé was nominated as Soitec CEO in January 2022 and joined the company four months later.

He was previously Executive Vice-President in charge of Big Data & Cybersecurity at technology group Atos (2015-2021), where he also led the Public Sector & Defense division and manufacturing operations before serving as interim Group CEO in 2021.

Prior to its acquisition by Atos in 2014, Pierre Barnabé was Deputy CEO of Bull. He then served as Bull’s Chairman & CEO from 2015 to 2021, spearheading the company’s evolution into a global leader in cybersecurity services and supercomputing.

From 2011 to 2013, he was Managing Director of the Enterprise branch of SFR, the French telecoms operator, where he launched cloud computing and very high-speed broadband activities.

That followed a 13-year stint during which he held various positions at Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent, first in sales and later as Chairman & Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent France (formerly Alcatel CIT) and Group Deputy Managing Director for Human Resources and Transformation.

A graduate of the NEOMA Business School and Ecole Centrale in Paris, Pierre Barnabé began his career in 1994 in Silicon Valley, developing corporate venture capital and capital risk activities for Thales Group. He then moved to Thales headquarters in Paris, where he was in charge of strategy and acquisitions for the Communication and Command division.

A member of the board of the multinational market firm Ipsos, he also served as  Chairman of the Board of ENSIMAG Grenoble, the prestigious Grande École specializing in computer science, applied mathematics and telecommunications (2016-2022) and on the board of France’s National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) from 2021 to 2022. Pierre Barnabé is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.


Our industry is expected to reach $1T by 2030. By then, our society will be more connected, more energy efficient, and more intelligent than ever. As a global leader in semiconductor materials, Soitec is driving sustainability across the whole semiconductor value chain, thanks to engineered wafers that drive significant energy savings and superior performance all the way to the end user. In this talk, we will present how innovative semiconductor materials are the foundations of eco-design and why a strong ​global ecosystem collaboration is key to reach a sustainable future.

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Thursday Plenary Session AM

CEO, Soitec

Innovative Semiconductor Materials, the key to a Sustainable Future... more info