Euroleague Basketball, the organizer of top European club competitions, has appointed Paulius Motiejunas as its permanent chief executive (CEO) for the next four seasons, while Dejan Bodiroga will remain as president for the same period.

The duo will continue in their respective leadership roles following a unanimous decision by the Euroleague’s board of directors at a meeting yesterday (March 13).

Last June, Motiejunas was appointed as the league’s acting CEO for the 2023-24 season to replace Marshall Glickman, who was also in the role on an interim basis during the 2022-23 campaign.

Euroleague Basketball has not had a permanent CEO since Jordi Bertomeu 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.

Since becoming CEO last year, he has focused on “uniting the shareholders behind plans for future growth in key markets in Europe and beyond, enhancing the game experience in Euroleague Basketball arenas, television, and digital platforms, and opening up new avenues to expand its fan base.”

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

Meanwhile, Serbian Bodiroga was first named as president in 2022 and renewed his contract with the organization in June 2023.

Euroleague Basketball said under the joint management of Motiejunas and Bodiroga, it has forged some key initiatives, such as “generating more interest on digital platforms and television, setting a new attendance record, maintaining regular conversations with the different basketball stakeholders, and identifying opportunities of collaboration in new markets outside of the pan-European ecosystem.”

At the meeting, the Euroleague’s board of directors was also updated on “the different conversations regarding collaboration possibilities in new markets” as it has been reported that a team from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates could join the EuroLeague.