Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Roger Lewis has confirmed he will step down from the post after nine years in the job.
He will continue in the role until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, finally parting ways in October.
60-year-old Lewis has lead the union through some of its most successful years for the national side but has more recently faced criticism from some quarters over his handling of negotiations between the WRU and Welsh regions over a new Rugby Services agreement which was eventually signed last year.
Lewis said: “The time is now right for me to step down after a remarkable period at the helm of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Lewis will now work with WRU chairman Gareth Davies to help find a successor for the post.