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Member States elect ITU’s next Deputy Secretary-General

Tomas Lamanauskas becomes one of five top executives at UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies




Bucharest, Romania, 29 September 2022

​​​Member States today elected Tomas Lamanauskas of Lithuania as the next Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

The election, completed in one round, took place at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) currently underway in Bucharest, Romania.

In this key executive role, Mr Lamanauskas will assist ITU's next Secretary-General, Doreen Bogdan-Martin (U.S.), who was elected separately earlier in the day. 

Full election results are available here.

Lamanauskas has pledged to foster broad partnerships for connectivity; to increase ITU and industry ambitions on net-zero emissions and climate sustainability; and to integrate results-based management into all ITU processes.

The Deputy Secretary-General, like ITU's other four elected officials, will serve a four-year term starting 1 January 2023.

Lamanauskas currently works in the private sector and previously headed ITU's Corporate Strategy Division.

Elections Continue

Over the coming days, Member States at the Plenipotentiary Conference will also elect the Directors of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, and Telecommunication Development Bureau. 

The resulting five-person leadership team will oversee ITU's programmes and operations until the next Plenipotentiary in 2026.

Further elections will follow for the 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and the 48 seats of the ITU Council. ​

More about Tomas Lamanauskas​ and the election process

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About ITU 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit www.itu.int ​​