François Legalland began his career in 1997 at IBM (then ALTIS, a joint venture between IBM and Infineon) after graduating from École Centrale de Lyon. First Process Engineer and R&D project manager, he then became Engineering Service Manager.
After spending two years in the field of telephony at Wavecom as Head of the Test & Packaging division, he returned to ALTIS as Production Manager before being promoted to Quality and Customer Relations Director then Director of the Test Business Unit in 2008.
In 2011, François joined SOITEC as Vice-President of Electronics Operations and Director of the Bernin site (38). He was notably in charge of the industrial strategy and its implementation as well as the performance management.
In 2014, he became Vice-President of Solar Operations still at SOITEC and Director of the San Diego site in California.
It was in 2015 that François joined the world of research at CEA-Liten as Head of the Photovoltaic Cells and Materials Department and Head of the “heterojunction” program. Three years later, he joined the management team of CEA-Liten to be in charge of industrialization projects before being promoted to Operations Deputy Director in 2019.
On November 1, 2020, François Legalland was appointed Director of CEA-Liten.