French Basketball Federation / French NOC / FIBA Europe
President / 1st Vice President in charge of international strategy / 1st Vice President
Jean-Pierre Siutat is the thirteenth President of the French Basketball Federation. Trained as an engineer, Jean-Pierre Siutat has reconciled, throughout his professional career, a position of high responsibility within a local authority and his passion for basketball, being in particular the best coach of NF1A (ex LFB), then an executive of the FFBB. Born in Cahors on 23 December 1958, he is married to Dora Siutat-Nemeth, a former top-level Hungarian basketball player, with whom he has a daughter, Morgane, born in 2000. His background Jean-Pierre Siutat obtained his baccalaureate in 1976 at the Jean de Prades high school in Castelsarrasin. A very good student, he continued his education in a preparatory class at the Lycée Pierre de Fermat in Toulouse before entering the École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat (ENTPE) in Vaulx-en-Velin. He graduated in 1981 with an engineering degree. In 1981, he was appointed head of a design office at the Direction Départementale de l'Équipement in Tarbes; as part of the decentralisation process, he was one of the first wave of State civil servants to opt for the Territorial Public Service and became Deputy Director of the Conseil Général des Hautes-Pyrénées in charge of infrastructure in 1987. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Director General and held the position of Director of Roads and Transport until 2010. His passion for basketball Alongside his professional activities, Jean-Pierre Siutat nurtures his passion for basketball whenever he has a moment of freedom. In 1983, he co-founded the women's club of Tarbes Gespe-Bigorre, of which he became the coach in 1986. After five successive divisional promotions and two French championship titles in NF2 and NF1B, for his first season in the French elite, he led the TGB to the first championship final in its history. A jack-of-all-trades (treasurer, general manager, marketing manager), he was elected coach of the year in 1993. He took a step back from the field during the 1995-1996 season when the Tarbes club won the Liliana Ronchetti European Cup. In 1996, he was responsible for the organisation of the European Junior Championship in France which was a great success. The same year, Jean-Pierre Siutat joined the Board of Directors of the French Basketball Federation. Three years later, he had the heavy task of organising EuroBasket 1999, which took place in France over two weeks and in seven different cities in France (Antibes, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Le Mans, Paris, Pau and Toulouse); it was a real popular and media success. In 2000, he accompanied the two French teams to the Sydney Olympic Games as Head of Delegation. As a major player in women's basketball, it was only natural that Jean-Pierre Siutat was entrusted with the reins of the Women's Basketball League in 2001. In this position, he modernised and professionalised the structure created three years earlier and made it a reference in Europe. He innovated by creating the LFB Open, a true model sports event, which has since been adopted by many foreign countries. By setting up the "Marraines de Cœur" programme, he gave a strong social dimension to French women's professional basketball. The use of new technologies (LFB TV, LFB Radio, web) to follow the news, matches and results of the LFB gives the latter a media window that it did not have before. In January 2009, Jean-Pierre Siutat was appointed first Vice-President of the FFBB in charge of the High Level Division. He immediately began a vast reflection on the reform of the French basketball championships aimed at improving the competitiveness of French clubs and teams on an international scale. In 2010, he presented his first major measure concerning the complete overhaul of the women's sector. At the international level, after having been a member of the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission from 2002 to 2010, he was elected in May 2010 as a member of the FIBA Europe Central Board and in September 2010 as a member of the FIBA World Competitions Commission.