The St George Illawarra Dragons have today advised that Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust has made the decision to retire from his role at the end of the 2018 season, enabling the club to determine and implement an appropriate succession plan.
After 18 years in the role, Doust made the decision over the Christmas holiday break and informed Chairman Brian Johnston of his decision in recent weeks.
"I have, and will continue, to thoroughly enjoy my time in the role," Doust said. "I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to be the CEO of the Dragons and to have had a career in rugby league.
"I made the decision over the holiday break, in consultation with my family, and I wanted to give Brian appropriate notice to allow he and the Board, the opportunity to plan for the future.
"Essentially after 25 years in health care and 18 years in rugby league, I am at the stage in my life where I would like the time to pursue other interests. Rugby league by its very nature, never stops.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role, and am extremely passionate about the Club and remain focused on its objectives before I finish-up. However, I don’t believe that now is the time to reflect on my time at the Dragons.
Dragons Chairman Brian Johnston paid tribute to Doust and outlined the preliminary plans for the future.
"I have the highest respect for Peter, his passion, dedication and leadership have been first class," Johnston said.
"His loyalty to the club, the staff and players has always been unwavering and we are very fortunate to have had him leading our club as CEO.
"Rugby league is a very challenging and dynamic environment and he deserves enormous credit for his leadership, trust and resilience," Johnston added.
"He has always ensured the Dragons interests were heard and considered at every level of the game and we are grateful that he has given the Board appropriate time to consider a replacement and assist with any transition.
"The Board will consider and discuss the recruitment process at the next meeting in late February and will advise accordingly."