Catherine Piana

  • Director General
  • CoESS Confederation of European Security Services, Belgium

Catherine Piana is the Director General of the Confederation of European Security Services since August 2014. CoESS acts as the voice of the private security industry in Brussels vis-à-vis European Institutions and other key stakeholders in Europe and beyond. Catherine coordinates the industry’s position, acts as the organisation’s spokesperson for all matters of interest to private security, including CIP, the future regulation on AI, and many more. She coordinated the publication of the CoESS White Paper on CIP (2016 Update), which makes the case for PPPs in CIP and outlines 15 business cases from all over Europe in different types of CI.
Catherine chairs the CEN TC 439 “Private Security Services” since it was set up in 2015 and is active in both CEN and ISO TCs relevant to private security.
Since June 2016, Catherine has also been designated Director General of ASSA-I (Aviation Security Services Association-International)
Catherine previously served as Director General of the European Vending Association (1997-2013), CEO of the Worldwide Vending Associations (2008-2012) and PR Adviser of the Secretary General of EuroCommerce (1990-1997).
She holds a Masters Degree in Translation (English-Italian-French), an MBA, a certificate in Counter Terrorism (Leiden University), is a Master Practioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and a certified Trainer.


  • The Insider Threat

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  • Interdependencies and Cascading Effects across the CI Communities

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