Michael Soppelsa has been providing executive protection and specialized security services for high profile clients the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia since 1990. His international experience and expertise over the last 25 years has been instrumental in instructing local security teams in foreign countries and has given him vast insights into the variations and difficulties encountered while providing security services in more dynamic, unpredictable and high threat environments.
Mr. Soppelsa holds the ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Board Certification. He is a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot with an Instrument Rating, a Seaplane Rating and rated through Eurocopter USA on the EC-130: he is currently working on his Commercial Ratings for both helicopter and fixed wing. Mr. Soppelsa speaks and writes English, German, French and Spanish fluently and carries both US and Swiss passports. Currently, he is a competitive 6x Ironman Triathlon athlete.
Educated in private schools in Switzerland, Michael Soppelsa finished school as an exchange student in Venezuela and went on to serve in the French Foreign Legion, 2nd Parachute Regiment (2. REP)with a tour in Djibouti/East Africa before passing selection in the Swiss Special Forces as a member of the elite Grenadier Regiment, specializing in unconventional warfare and guerilla/small unit tactics.
During President Clinton’s administration Mr. Soppelsa was a team member of the protection detail for President Aristide upon his return to Haiti. After the invasion of Iraq Mr. Soppelsa was selected by Blackwater as a member of the high risk protection detail for Ambassador Bremer with extensive travels throughout Baghdad and Iraq. He then served as Special Advisor and trainer to the new Afghan Secret Service, tasked with the security of President Karzai, traveling within Kabul and Afghanistan.
For the last eight years his responsibilities as Director of Security for a prominent family included supervising the executive protection team, safeguarding personal assets, aviation and maritime assets as well as being in charge of corporate security for 2,000 employees and several facilities serving 50,000 customers in the Health Care field.