NRL head of football Todd Greenberg has been appointed the competition's chief executive officer after an international search.
Greenberg, former CEO of the Canterbury Bulldogs, takes on a role vacated by Dave Smith in November last year.
Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman John Grant was thrilled with the appointment, announced on Friday.
"Our local and international search identified a number of highly credentialed individuals from both within and outside the game who would have offered a lot to rugby league," he said.
"But at the end of the day, Todd ticks all the boxes to be the new CEO.
"While we've known all along that he is an outstanding sports administrator with a deep understanding and love of the game, his experience as the former CEO of the Bulldogs and head of football for the NRL, together with his professional values and credibility with our stakeholders, proved to the commission that he was the man for the job."
A delighted Greenberg said he believed rugby league could continue expanding.
He said: "My goal will be to unite the game at every level because, working together, there is no limit to the potential for rugby league which can continue to thrive and grow.
"I have a genuine love of this game and I intend to continue to use my experience to build on the steps we have taken over the last two and a half years.
"We intend to deliver the best possible outcomes for fans, the clubs, the state leagues and the players."