Knut Nesse started his career in 1992 with the Scana group in Stavanger and joined Skretting Norway in 1995 as Controller. In 1997 he moved back to the Scana group to take up a two-year assignment as Finance Director of their joint venture in China and returned to Skretting in 1999, first as Controller and subsequently in various management positions. In 2006 he moved to Chile and was appointed Managing Director of the Skretting salmon feed business. Knut Nesse was appointed member of the Executive Board of Nutreco N.V. on 30 June 2009. On 1 August 2012 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Nutreco N.V.
Knut Nesse obtained an MBA degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, where he subsequently also attended the senior management programme.