As the Vice President, Consulting, Investigations and International for U.S. Security Associates (USA), William "Bill" Besse's responsibilities include overall leadership and tactical delivery for the business development and service activities of the company's Consulting and Investigations (C&I) practice.
Besse's executive functions entail strategic planning relating to consulting and investigations, a service of the company that includes: security vulnerability and risk assessments, due diligence related to individuals, organizations and issues, occupational fraud and abuse investigations, personal protection and threat assessments, intellectual property protection, security management program audits and performance analysis, electronic security system design and operational integration, litigation support and expert witness testimony, and travel security intelligence and logistics management; as well as focus on development of other service areas where the C&I division can add value in support of client needs.
Besse brings to his position more 30 years of experience in corporate security: developing, managing and implementing international security and risk mitigation programs. He boasts a blend of experience from intelligence, consulting, and public law enforcement communities. Before joining the firm's C&I Division, Besse served as director/corporate security for Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media organizations, where he was responsible for corporate security strategy, programs and support. Prior to his employment at Belo, he served as managing director of global consulting services for IPSA International, Inc. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning and conducting all IPSA consultative engagements on a global basis, coordinating crisis management and response, investigations and litigation support for Fortune 500 companies, high-risk individuals and families, large international law firms and religious institutions. Besse's corporate security experience also includes manager/security for Motorola and global director of corporate security for The Mary Kay Corporation.
In his various corporate security management capacities, Besse has conducted, coordinated and managed due diligence, background, internal control and other sensitive corporate investigations pertaining to acquisitions, joint venture partnerships, start-up research, philanthropic investments and senior manager/partner selection. He has designed and implemented nationwide integrated electronic security systems and communications systems and provided investigative consulting and risk analysis for numerous Fortune 500 clients.
Besse began his career as a special agent with the U. S. Military Intelligence Command where he was responsible for sensitive intelligence, counterintelligence and protective assignments. His intelligence community training and experience have given him insight into protection from corporate and economic espionage, aggressive competitive intelligence collection, the protection of intellectual property and real world experience providing personal protective services.
Besse has successfully engaged in corporate and consultative assignments throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Russia, Europe, China, Malaysia, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean. He is frequently quoted in the press and industry journals- ABC, WSJ Market Watch, Government Security News, Banking InfoSecurity, Security Magazine, CSO Magazine and CSO Online, Security Management, Private Wealth Magazine, University Business Magazine, Processor Magazine, and the New York Times.
He has participated as a member of ASIS International, the National Fire Protection Association, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the Association for Intelligence Officers, the Operations Security Professionals Society and the CSO Security Executive Council-Chief Security Officer Consortium.
Besse obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School (Counterintelligence), and also is certified in Homeland Security by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and NIMS certified by the Department of Homeland Security.