Bernard Guirkinger was born 21 April, 1952 and holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He has dedicated most of his career to the water industry, of which he has extensive knowledge.
After serving in various operating positions at several Lyonnaise des Eaux operations in France, Mr. Guirkinger was appointed Regional Director of the Southern Paris center in the early 1990’s. In 1995, he pursued his career abroad, heading up the operating subsidiaries in Germany, Central Europe and Northern Europe. Leveraging this international experience, Mr. Guirkinger was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lyonnaise des Eaux in 1996, then Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002.
Since September 2009, he has been Senior Executive Vice-President of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, in charge of the business coordination for water activities, R&D and Sustainable Development. He is also responsible for Institutional Relations (European affairs, international agencies, corporate engineering). Since november 2010, Mr. Guirkinger has been a member of the Economic, Social and Environment Council of France (Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental).