Pierre Aepli worked for 16 years for a private company as managing director in charge of several foreign subsidiaries. Following this, he led the 1000-member-strong police force of the canton of Vaud from 1982 to 2002, and for several years he chaired the Swiss Police Chiefs Conference, which is the coordinating body of the Swiss police forces. He initiated and conducted many police reforms at the cantonal and national levels in Switzerland. Since his retirement he has chaired, in 2003, the Swiss Directing Committee responsible for the organisation of the G8 summit and has performed various international missions in the Balkans, the former Southern Soviet Republics, Indonesia and Palestine for Switzerland, the Council of Europe and for DCAF. He has published several articles on security issues. Pierre holds a degree in political science, a diploma from IMD and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has taught a course on police management for the University of Lausanne at the Ecole des Sciences Criminelles. In the Swiss Army he was a colonel in command of an infantry regiment. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He lives in Rolle, Switzerland.