Turgay Demirel, president of the Turkish Basketball Federation, has been elected president of FIBA Europe, the sport's continental governing body.
The 57-year-old beat Daniel Dimevski, from Macedonia, by 40 votes to 11 in a poll at Saturday's FIBA Europe general assembly in Munich, and will serve until 2018.
Demirel is the permanent replacement for Iceland's Olafur Rafnsson who died in June of last year at the age of 50.
FIBA Europe vice-president Cyriel Coomans has been acting president for the past 11 months.
Demirel said: "This is a great honour and I want to thank all countries of Europe for putting their trust in me."
In his election manifesto, the former Turkish national team player, said: "My aim is to help make basketball the fastest growing sport in Europe, through support of all 51 member federations, strong club competitions and the development of a new generation of stars. A strong FIBA Europe should help all federations develop young talent as this is the cornerstone for the advancement of our sport."
In other developments at the general assembly, Karl Thaller of Austria was elected uncontested as FIBA Europe treasurer, as the only other candidate, incumbent treasurer Jan Berteling of the Netherlands, withdrew his candidacy on Friday.