WELLINGTON - New Zealand Rugby said on Monday that former All Blacks centre Mark Robinson will succeed Steve Tew as chief executive early next year.
Tew, who has been with the organisation since 2001 and became chief executive in 2007, surprisingly announced in June that he would step down at the end of the year.
Robinson is to step down from NZR's board to take up the role but will remain a member of the World Rugby Council as NZR's chief executive.
"I am truly excited by what this opportunity offers," he said in a NZR statement on Monday.
"I have a clear vision to continue to grow the great work already established under Steve's watch and recognise the significant responsibility we have in ensuring our game continues to flourish at all levels."