Bernard started his career in 1983 as air traffic controller in the French Navy before serving in the French Intelligence Service more than 17 years. He alternated positions in headquarters and in many countries abroad, especially in Asia, including a leadership position in special operations. He retired at the rank of Commander after 25 years.
Bernard holds a Master’s Degree in Global Risk and Crisis Management (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University) and several other degrees in operational management in financial analysis (ESSEC Business School, Paris). He was an auditor of the Institute for the Study and Security Research Enterprise (IERSE-INHESJ-Paris). Bernard was the first person from France to attend the ASIS Program for Security Executives from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
He holds an Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management (Strategy, Innovation, SCM) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After retirement, he joined the international logistics company FM Logistic Corporate SAS in 2008 as Chief Security Officer for the Group. After setting up the function, he enlarged the scope to Strategic Intelligence and has worked in close relationship with the team dedicated to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He had the responsibility of the program to enlighten and advise the board about competitors and risks around the world.
He was awarded Security Director of the Year in 2010 in private security awards ceremony in France and became chair of the ASIS French Chapter the same year. He is a member of the ASIS CSO Roundtable and adviser for A&B Strategy Company. He is the author of numerous articles on risk management, Strategic Intelligence, and international speaker of these topics. He was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and the Military Cross in 2005.
In October 0f 2015, Bernard was appointed as the Vice President, Global Chief Security Officer for Danone with the responsibility of Global Security and Competitive Intelligence worldwide.