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How can I change the project manager?

Hello there,

I would like to change the project manager of a Jira project as I took over a project from the former project manager.

I can see the name of the (former) project manager under "Administration" --> "Projects" but I cannot change it. Is it possible to do that and where?

My goal is to have my name as a project manager auto assigned to each ticket and not the former project manager's name as she is also a developer which makes it confusing that her name is always in the new tickets.

Thank you!



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Rilwan Ahmed Community Leader Dec 13, 2022

Hi @Ines Wendler ,

Welcome to the community !!

Go to the project --> Project settings -->  User and Roles  --> Click Edit defaults. 

Select the required user for "Project lead" and click Update. 


Hi Rilwan,


Thank you very much for your response. I can access the "Edit defaults". The problem, however, is that I have no possibility to change anything there (although I have admin rights for the project). 


The dropdown menu just says "no options". So I suspected that there is another way to change the project lead...


Do you have any other ideas?





Rilwan Ahmed Community Leader Dec 14, 2022

@Ines Wendler 

This means the user "John Doe" doesnot exists in jira system. Try typing only John or something like "Jo" etc.

The John Doe is actually just a manual cover up for the real name of the former project lead.

However, this was a great hint anyways. The user interface made me expect a drop down list of project members (instead of "no options"). I did not realize that I could simply replace "John Doe" typing a new name... 

Now it works. Thank you very much! 

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@Ines Wendler Are you referring to project lead on jira ?



Hi Nicolas, 


My GUI is German so I translated "Projektleiter" to "project manager" but it may well be "project lead".


Best, Ines

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