John Delaney was elected to the UEFA Executive in Helsinki while the Ireland women's team dispute with the FAI continued.
Delaney received 48 votes, the second highest for a candidate, behind Sweden's Karl-Erik Nilsson.
Asked whether his new work with UEFA could interfere with his job as FAI CEO, he said: "I'll reflect on that in terms of what it means for Irish football.
"It certainly won't deter me in any part of my role as CEO of the FAI," he said.
Meanwhile, PFAI player executive Ollie Cahill, explained why Ireland's best women footballers withdrew from training at Abbotstown yesterday.
"The players have not taken this decision lightly," said Cahill.
"They wish to make clear that they simply want the FAI to respect their right to choose their own representatives and have all the outstanding issues resolved in a swift, amicable and professional manner," he added.