Sebastien  Dupre
Sebastien  Dupre
Commercial transportation has unique challenges such as requiring exceptional performance in harsh environments (including dust and vibration), greater charging cycles, and ingress protection.

Introduction :  I have an international and engineering background. I was born in Canada and have lived in five different countries. I worked for global OEMs and suppliers, focusing on powertrain and mechatronics before joining TE Connectivity. As a consequence, I have nearly 20 years of experience working in industrial and commercial transportation segments. Before joining TE, I worked in several different functions, including engineering, project management, and strategy. I now lead global product management for HEMS.

1

Why did you choose to join TE?

After working for three years as a product manager for a supplier in the powertrain industry focusing on new hybrid and electric mobility, I had the chance to grow by moving from mechanical to electrical / connection solutions. When I interviewed at TE, I knew that I would be joining a connectivity leader and have an opportunity to lead the development of next-generation electromobility solutions. That was very exciting, and it convinced me to make the move.

2

What are your customers’ biggest challenges right now?

Our customers are facing huge challenges, as electrification is developing faster than planned and creating unique technical challenges. New high-power applications must meet a very demanding mix of performance and safety requirements. There are also significant time-to-market pressures. Our customers have very adapted to them, taking the right shortcuts where needed and adapting their processes accordingly. As a result, our customers are now able to develop completely new platforms two to three times faster than in the past.

As a supplier, TE has to match our customers’ pace and provide the right solutions, as well as be able to adapt our processes to their processes. Electrification of vehicles began years ago in the automotive industry. However, the ICT space has unique challenges such as requiring exceptional performance in harsh environments (including dust and vibration), needed greater charging cycles, and ingress protection. This is part of the TE value proposition and allows us to stand out against our competitors in both the ICT and HEMS space.

3

What industry trends are you most excited about?

I’m fascinated by electromobility and how it is interacting with other mega trends – autonomous driving, emission reduction, and data connectivity, while continuously increasing requirements for ruggedization and performance. All of these trends are colliding and increasing industry pressures. TE Connectivity has wide and deep expertise in all these areas, so I expect that we will play an even greater role in in the industry moving forward.

4

Where do you think the truck, bus, and off-road industries will be in 10-20 years from now?

The question is not if electrification and autonomous driving are happening, but at what pace.

It is our challenge and duty to make it happen faster and support our customers who are shaping the future of the transportation industry.

5

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I really enjoy being part of ongoing transformation of the industry. TE is enabling rapid change. In my role, I get to working with large network of customers, who have various business models, company cultures, and products. It’s interesting to see how differently they approach industry challenges and very satisfying to be able to help them all with right platforms and services.

Sebastien  Dupre
Sebastien  Dupre
Commercial transportation has unique challenges such as requiring exceptional performance in harsh environments (including dust and vibration), greater charging cycles, and ingress protection.

Introduction :  I have an international and engineering background. I was born in Canada and have lived in five different countries. I worked for global OEMs and suppliers, focusing on powertrain and mechatronics before joining TE Connectivity. As a consequence, I have nearly 20 years of experience working in industrial and commercial transportation segments. Before joining TE, I worked in several different functions, including engineering, project management, and strategy. I now lead global product management for HEMS.

1

Why did you choose to join TE?

After working for three years as a product manager for a supplier in the powertrain industry focusing on new hybrid and electric mobility, I had the chance to grow by moving from mechanical to electrical / connection solutions. When I interviewed at TE, I knew that I would be joining a connectivity leader and have an opportunity to lead the development of next-generation electromobility solutions. That was very exciting, and it convinced me to make the move.

2

What are your customers’ biggest challenges right now?

Our customers are facing huge challenges, as electrification is developing faster than planned and creating unique technical challenges. New high-power applications must meet a very demanding mix of performance and safety requirements. There are also significant time-to-market pressures. Our customers have very adapted to them, taking the right shortcuts where needed and adapting their processes accordingly. As a result, our customers are now able to develop completely new platforms two to three times faster than in the past.

As a supplier, TE has to match our customers’ pace and provide the right solutions, as well as be able to adapt our processes to their processes. Electrification of vehicles began years ago in the automotive industry. However, the ICT space has unique challenges such as requiring exceptional performance in harsh environments (including dust and vibration), needed greater charging cycles, and ingress protection. This is part of the TE value proposition and allows us to stand out against our competitors in both the ICT and HEMS space.

3

What industry trends are you most excited about?

I’m fascinated by electromobility and how it is interacting with other mega trends – autonomous driving, emission reduction, and data connectivity, while continuously increasing requirements for ruggedization and performance. All of these trends are colliding and increasing industry pressures. TE Connectivity has wide and deep expertise in all these areas, so I expect that we will play an even greater role in in the industry moving forward.

4

Where do you think the truck, bus, and off-road industries will be in 10-20 years from now?

The question is not if electrification and autonomous driving are happening, but at what pace.

It is our challenge and duty to make it happen faster and support our customers who are shaping the future of the transportation industry.

5

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I really enjoy being part of ongoing transformation of the industry. TE is enabling rapid change. In my role, I get to working with large network of customers, who have various business models, company cultures, and products. It’s interesting to see how differently they approach industry challenges and very satisfying to be able to help them all with right platforms and services.