New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) chief executive Jim Doyle is standing down at the end of the year.
Doyle, who has an extensive business background, was appointed to the position of chief executive officer in August 2009, following an extensive independent review of the game in New Zealand.
He has since led a remarkable overhaul of the organisation, that has seen it transform into one of the most pro-active national sporting bodies in the country.
''I really wanted to make a difference and do all I could to help rugby league become a much stronger sport on all fronts and at all levels,'' he said.
''It has certainly been a very challenging three years and I feel I have done all I can personally to achieve that.''
NZRL Chairman Scott Carter acknowledged the extensive work Doyle, and his team, have achieved during his three year tenure.
"Jim has an exceptional talent for communicating, an outstanding work ethic and a commercial aptitude that is simply first-class,'' carter said.
''We have been extremely privileged to have Jim lead the organisation through a very critical period and he will undoubtedly be missed by everyone.''
Doyle will remain in the chief executive's role until the end of 2012.
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