The ITF announced today that Jan Menneken has decided to leave his position as Executive Director, Commercial, effective 31 January 2014. Menneken joined the ITF in July, 1997 to head up the Television Sales department and took over as Commercial Director in June, 1999.
During his tenure, Menneken was responsible for bringing more than 500 million dollars in commercial and television income to the ITF. This included the signing and renewal of BNP Paribas as title sponsor of Davis Cup and Fed Cup as well as other international sponsors and important television contracts around the world.
“The ITF wants to thank Jan for all he has contributed to the organisation over 17 years,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “Everyone who knows Jan appreciates how much he cares about tennis as a sport and Davis Cup and Fed Cup as competitions. He has done a good job and we wish him only the best for the future.”
Menneken’s departure presents the ITF with the opportunity to restructure in the Commercial area and plans for this will be announced in due course.
About the ITF
The ITF is the world governing body of tennis and beach tennis, responsible for the rules of both sports and maintaining the integrity of tennis. In addition to its administrative role, the ITF is the owner and international rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
The ITF also manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. Through its Science and Technical Department, the ITF closely monitors both equipment and technology, while its Officiating Department oversees the education and advancement of officials worldwide. The ITF organises over 1,000 weeks of men’s and women’s professional tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit and coordinates the rapidly growing ITF Beach Tennis Tour.
Through its Tennis Development Department that oversees the development of tennis worldwide, the ITF manages the ITF Junior Circuit and team competitions for elite juniors as well as international tennis events and programmes for wheelchair and senior players. The ITF also manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the Tennis Integrity Unit.