Euroleague Basketball, the organizer of top European club competitions, has named Paulius Motiejunas as its new acting chief executive (CEO) for the 2023-24 season, while Dejan Bodiroga will remain as president.

Motiejunas was unanimously appointed by the organization’s 13 shareholders and will replace Marshall Glickman, who was acting CEO during the 2022-23 season.

Glickman will officially step down when his contract expires on July 31.

The American took on the role last September, replacing Jordi Bertomeu, who was forced to step down in June 2022 after 22 years in the role.

Motiejunas has extensive experience within the Euroleague Basketball ecosystem, having spent most of his career to date in various capacities with Žalgiris Kaunas, one of the clubs competing in its EuroLeague competition.

The Lithuanian started with Žalgiris in 2007 as the director of communications, later became general manager, and has been the club president and owner since 2013. He is also the director of the club’s Žalgirio Arena, which staged this year’s Final Four championship finale.

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Under his management, Žalgiris have enjoyed a successful period on the court, qualifying multiple times for the EuroLeague Playoffs and reaching the Final Four for the first time this century in 2018.

Off the court, the 42-year-old has been credited with playing a key role in positioning Žalgiris among the EuroLeague leaders in ticket sales and revenue growth.

Euroleague Basketball has said Bodiroga, who was appointed president last September, will continue to focus on increasing the quality of the competition for clubs, players, fans, partners, and all stakeholders while playing a key role in strengthening relationships with the wider basketball community. These include the EuroLeague Players Association, the EuroLeague Head Coaches Board, the Union of Euroleague Basketball Officials, FIBA, domestic leagues, and other basketball-related institutions.

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