Danny Kazandjian has been appointed operations manager for the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), after what has been described as an "exhaustive" recruitment process.
Kazandjian, who is currently general manager for the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF), will take up his new role on September 1.
RLIF chief executive Nigel Wood said: "Danny brings a wealth of valuable practical experience which will be hugely supportive for every national governing body within our sport.
"He impressed the interview panel with his total commitment and passion for international rugby league and the benefits that this offers to nations, clubs and individuals."
In his position at the ELEF, Kazandjian has helped grow the membership of the Federation from 20 nations in 2010 to 40 in 2018.
European competitions have also grown consistently in that time and now include established events at Euro B and C levels, as well as the European Championships and youth competitions.
"I am really pleased to be joining the RLIF at such an exciting time in the organisation's and the sport's history," said Kazandjian.
"I have been privileged to work on a daily basis with the many diverse nations and colleagues that are part of the RLEF, and the opportunity to now work with and provide support to the entire global rugby league family, one that is growing every year, both in terms of capacity as well as the number of rugby league-playing nations, is one that I am truly relishing."
Kazandjian previously worked as the editor of a rugby league website before joining the world of sports administration in 2002.
He is credited with forming the Lebanese Rugby League Federation in 2009 which is now a fully ratified member of the RLIF.
He is also a qualified scuba diving instructor.