Gian Franco Kasper (*1944) was elected FIS President in May 1998. He was re-elected for his sixth four-year term at the 51st International Ski Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE) in May 2018.
Following his studies in psychology, philosophy and journalism at the University of Zurich, Mr. Kasper contributed to different newspapers and edited the "Courrier de St-Moritz" in four languages from 1969 onwards. In 1974, he took charge of the management of a new Swiss Tourist Office at Montreal (CAN) before entering the management of FIS in 1975.
Prior to joining FIS, Mr. Kasper also worked at the St. Moritz tourist office while belonging to the organizing committees of several FIS World Cups and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz in 1974, where he presided over the publicity, press and public relations sections. He has also worked for the World Championships in Bobsleigh and the European Championships in Yachting and Riding. In 1975, FIS President Marc Hodler brought Mr. Kasper to Berne to take over the function of FIS Secretary General.
Subsequently he became a GAISF/SportAccord Council Member, member of the IOC, Vice-President of the IOC Olympic Channel Services and the IOC Coordination Commissions for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022. He served as Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012 and was a member of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer 2016.
Furthermore, he was President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and was an IOC Executive Member from 2016-2018. At the IOC Session in Buenos Aries in Fall 2018, Mr. Kasper received the Olympic Order and was named an IOC Honorary Member.
Mr. Kasper is married and has an adult son, and lives near Thun, Switzerland.