Waikato District Health Board chief executive Craig Climo says he is close to his ''use by'' date and has resigned from the organisation.
Mr Climo, who has been in the board's top job since 2007, told today's meeting of the the board that he felt the time was right for him to go. He will leave next year.
"I've been a CEO in DHBs and its predecessors for more than 16 years and I believe that I am close to my use by date in the role,'' Mr Climo said.
"However there is nothing diminished in my belief in what we are trying to achieve and the priorities and my great regard for the people who work in the health sector," he said.
"I don't know what I will do next. I'm yet to finalise the end date but it will likely be mid year. I don't want it to be a distraction as there is still a lot to do here."
Staff have been speculating about Mr Climo's future for a while.
Mr Climo, chief executive of South Canterbury DHB/Health South Canterbury from 1997-2007, has had several lead roles within the sector at regional and national levels.
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