Scott Carter, the chairman of both the New Zealand Rugby League and Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), is stepping down from both roles.
Carter says he is comfortable with the timing of his move.
"There was a job to be done in terms of getting the sport back on its feet and we did that work, went through a strategic cycle and have got a chief executive in place and the strategy for the next four years is being rolled out," he said.
"We've got the 2017 World Cup to aim for, so when you naturally pass on the mantle, it probably doesn't get more perfect than this.
"In the perfect world you don't want to be changing the chief executive and chair at the same time, or handing over in a crisis, and you don't want to stay so long that whoever replaces you doesn't get a fair crack at it."
Carter feels the infrastructure is in place for a smooth transition.
"With (CEO) Phil Holden now settled in nicely after Jim Doyle moved on, and the strategy in place for the next four years, it's a good time to bring in a new chair so that they can get up to speed and make a difference in time for the next World Cup," he said.
The game is about to make a big step forward with the RLIF employing a full-time CEO and other staff members. It was announced last week that the 2013 World Cup made the RLIF $7.2 million.
- Sunday Star Times
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