Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30-year career as an investigator, instructor and negotiator. He was a hostage negotiator for 23 years, spending the last ten years as the FBI’s Chief Negotiator. During his career he was involved in numerous crisis incidents: prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, aircraft hijackings and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. Following his retirement from the FBI he became a Senior Vice President with Control Risks, an international risk consultancy, and most recently spent five and a half years working on a kidnap case involving three American defence contractors taken hostage by FARC in Colombia, South America. He has written a book about his FBI negotiation career, entitled Stalling for Time.