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Doyle Set to Hand Over CEO Reins

Auckland, New Zealand, August 22, 2012 - New Zealand Rugby League CEO Jim Doyle announced today that he has decided to step down from his role at the end of this year and will work with the organization in the coming months to hand over the reins to a new incumbent.

Jim was appointed to the position of chief executive officer in August 2009, following an extensive independent review of the game in New Zealand. Doyle, described then as a “highly capable leader not afraid of making hard decisions”, was tasked with leading the organisation through one of its biggest transformations to date.

Armed with a strategic ‘Game Plan’ Doyle literally turned the organisation on its axis repositioning league in New Zealand as “more than just a game”. Under his leadership the structure changed, clear pathways created, long-term relationships with partners built, year-on-year profits earned and family and community positioned at the core of it all; a hugely successful approach to strengthening public perceptions of a once near broken NZRL brand.

"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. It has certainly been a very challenging three years and I feel I have done all I can personally to achieve that.”

Timing is everything however and with his initial game plan all but complete he believes now is the best time to pass the reins to someone new that will lead the organisation through the next chapter of its journey.

“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, 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 extensive work Jim, 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. We have been extremely privileged to have Jim lead the organisation through a very critical period and he will undoubtedly be missed by everyone.”

“This is also an exciting time to be joining the organisation, given the achievements of recent years. Whilst the new chief executive has big shoes to fill, I am confident we will find someone that shares the passion and determination we all have for the game.”

Doyle will remain in the CEO role until the end of 2012.
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