Alessandro Pansa was appointed Chairman in May 2019.
He graduated in law at the University of Naples "Federico II". He has more than forty years of experience in public and private security sector, where he has held roles with increasing levels of responsibility. He joined the State Police in 1975 with the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety.
He began his career at the Cosenza Police Headquarters, where he dealt with organized crime and terrorism. In 1982 he was transferred to Rome to the narcotics team and then to the criminal police, and in 1985 was assigned to the Central Directorate of the Criminal Police, where he conducted important investigations into organized crime. He became Director of the Central Operations Service of the State Police in 1996.
Appointed Prefect in June 2000, he assumed the position of Central Director of Police "Specialties" in the directorate that coordinates the Road, Railway, Border and Postal and Communications Police. In July 2003 he became Head of the Central Directorate of Immigration and the Border Police of the Interior Ministry.
In November 2005, he took up the post of Deputy Director General of Public Security (Deputy Chief of Police), as well as Central Director of the Criminal Police (Criminalpol). On 4 January 2007 he was appointed Prefect of Naples by the Council of Ministers. On 30 August 2010 he took up the post of Director of the Department for Internal and Territorial Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior.
On 31 May 2013 he was appointed Chief of Police - Director General of Public Security by the Council of Ministers. On 29 April 2016 he was appointed Head of the DIS (Department of Information Security).
A Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, he has taught at the Higher Police Institute, the Higher School of Administration of the Interior and at a number of universities. He is co-author of numerous texts on security matters.