Australian-based administrator Andrew Fraser is to take up a place made vacant on the New Zealand Rugby League board by the departure of Jennifer Rolfe.
Rolfe is stepping down this week after after seven years as a director and will be replaced by Fraser, a former head of strategy and investment at the NRL.
Fraser was a director of the Rugby League World Cup and serves a similar role on a range of other non-sporting bodies.
NZRL chairman Reon Edwards praised Rolfe for her work in communications and marketing.
He believes Fraser's background in rugby league, his "political savvy" and understanding of law and commerce will serve the NZRL well.
NZRL Board: Reon Edwards (Chair), Hugh Martyn (Vice-Chair), Elizabeth Richards, John Bishop, Tawera Nikau, Bill McEntee, Andrew Fraser.