New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) chief executive Jim Doyle will step down at the end of the year.
Doyle was appointed in August 2009 after an independent review and was charged with making changes to what the NZRL says was “a once near-broken brand”.
He believes he has done everything he can over the past three years to make rugby league stronger at all levels in New Zealand and it was time to pass the reins to someone new.
“I truly believe the game is heading in a fantastic direction and I feel very fortunate that I have been able to play a role in shaping that direction,” he said on Wednesday.
“However, I think that it is important that the CEO who will lead the organisation through the next chapter be part of creating the next strategic phase.”
Chairman Scott Carter acknowledged the contribution Doyle had made in guiding the NZRL through a critical period and said he would be missed.