Born in 1949, Pierre Besse is a civil engineer, a graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris. His career began in 1974, when he joined the “Groupe Menard” as Geotechnical Engineer and Site Manager. He joined Bureau Veritas in 1976, in the construction business in the South of France. From 1983 to 1995, he occupied the functions of engineer in the Ocean Technology Department at Head Office, and became Deputy Manager , in charge of certification of offshore development projects, and of the technological development. From 1996 to 2001, he was Manager of the R&D Department of Bureau Veritas, and became in 2001 Research and Development Director and Head of the Research Department of the Marine Division. During this time, he has been member of the IACS and of the IMO/MSC working groups on Formal Safety Assessment  (FSA). He has been member of the ISSC Technical Committee on “Design principle and criteria”.

From the early nineties, he has been member of the “Research & Development Strategic Planning Group” ( RDSPG) of the Maritime Industries Forum (MIF). He has also chaired the Support Group of the European Technology Platform WATERBORNE.