Olivier PEYRAT is a former Ecole Polytechnique student, Head Engineer of the Body of Mining Engineers (Mines ParisTech), graduate of Telecom ParisTech, of the Centre for Advanced Business Studies (CPA) in Paris, of the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He is a former auditor of the fifty-fifth session of the Institute of Higher National Defense Studies (IHEDN) and is a laureate of the Fondation Nationale Entreprises et Performance (FNEP).He joined AFAQ (Association française pour l'amélioration et le management de la qualité) in 1989, as Secretary General, and became the Director General in 1993. At the same time, in 1996, he was Technical Advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister for Industry, Posts and Telecommunications. In 1997, he was President of the Board of Directors of AFAQ ASCERT International, and in 2001 Administrator of EAQA Ltd. - Electricity Association Quality Assurance - in the United Kingdom. He was appointed Director General of AFNOR in June 2003.