FIBA Make Two Key Appointments

May 18, 2011

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced the appointments of Patrick Koller as Head of Communications and Florian Wanninger, being named director of the newly founded International Basketball Foundation (IBF).

Wanninger has vacated his post as communications chief to take on the role after fronting FIBA’s department for the last two decades. The IBF’s main missions include safeguarding the sport’s heritage as well as funding and engaging in basketball related social and humanitarian projects.

Koller, former captain of Switzerland’s Men’s National Basketball Team, takes over from Wanninger, to head a team of four in-house staff covering media operations, PR, editorial and web services. Koller has accumulated over 10 years’ experience in the field of media and communications and holds degrees in both economics and journalism.

Patrick Koller spoke of his appointment: “As a lifelong basketball fan, this is a wonderful opportunity for me. International basketball is growing continuously, so the list of tasks and projects is long. But as a sportsman and competitor I can only look forward to these challenges.”

Florian Wanninger said: “The Foundation will become an important pillar of FIBA’s strategic development over the coming years and I am thrilled to be entrusted with such an important project.”

FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann added: “These are exciting times at FIBA and these two new appointments match our ambitions. There are few people who know the world of basketball as well as Florian Wanninger and he is the perfect person for the IBF. Patrick Koller has the profile and leadership qualities to push our communication team forward and spread the word about FIBA and international basketball.”