IOC member, President of the International Skiing Federation (FIS)
Psychology, Philosophy and Journalism at the University of Zürich.
Alpine and cross-country skiing, golf, water skiing.
Competitor in Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Skeleton, Bobsleigh, Riding and Water Skiing.
Organiser of World Skiing and Bobsleigh Championships, European Championships in Yachting and Riding; manager of the Swiss National Tourist Office in Montreal (Canada); Secretary General (1975-1998) then President (1998-) of the International Ski Federation (FIS); Secretary General (1975-1998) then President (2000-2002) of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF); GAISF Council Member (1986-); Manager of an international non-profit foundation since 1998 in the field of education, environment, sport promotion and social assistance for athletes.
Elected as President of an International Federation; member of the following Commissions: Radio and Television (1981-), Coordination for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (1999-2002), Coordination for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino in 2006 (2000-2006), Olympic Games Study (2002-2003), Coordination for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 (2003-2010), Coordination for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (2007-); Chairman of the Coordination Commission of the 1st Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 2012 (2009-)
French, German, English, Italian, Spanish and Romanche.