Leander Monbaliu is stepping down as chief business officer of Belgian soccer’s top-flight Pro League.
He announced yesterday (July 7) that he will end his stint with the league next week after almost 10 years.
Monbaliu has served as the Pro League’s chief business officer since 2020.
He has held several roles with the league during his tenure, including head of legal as a qualified sports lawyer.
Between 2018 and 2020, Monbaliu served under the joint title of head of legal and media rights, while he was briefly installed as interim chief executive after the departure of Pierre François.
Monbaliu has negotiated several media rights deals during his tenure with the Pro League, most notably landing a lucrative domestic five-year agreement with international pay-TV broadcaster Eleven Sports in 2020 worth around worth €103 million (then $111 million) per season until 2024-25.
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Eleven secured domestic and international rights to the Belgian First Division A, the First Division B, the women’s Super League, the Croky Cup, the knockout cups competition, and the Belgian Super Cup.
In a LinkedIn post, Monbaliu said: “Next week will be my last week working for the Pro League. Almost 10 years at Pro League, it’s been a hell of a ride. I am looking back with pride and gratitude for what we’ve achieved with the team during those years.
“I am confident that strong business foundations are present to build on for the future. I am thankful to have met so many interesting and bright people along the way. I very much look forward to new adventures.”