New Zealand Netball CEO Raelene Castle.
New Zealand Netball CEO Raelene Castle. Hannah Johnston / Getty Images

New Zealander Raelene Castle appointed new Bulldogs CEO

NETBALL New Zealand chief executive Raelene Castle has been confirmed as the new CEO of the Bulldogs, becoming the first female boss of an NRL club since the competition was formed in 1998.

Another New Zealander, Liz Dawson, was chief executive of the short-lived Adelaide Rams during the Super League era.

Donna Burke also served as Cronulla chief executive in 1988 and 1989 when the club played in the rebel competition.

Castle is no stranger to rugby league - her father Bruce Castle captained New Zealand against Australia in the 1960s.

She has been Netball New Zealand chief executive since 2007 and is often referred to as the most influential woman in New Zealand sport.

Apart from her sporting roles, Castle has also held senior positions with BNZ, Southern Cross Healthcare, Fuji Xerox and Telecom.

In a statement released after her appointment, Castle said, "I have grown up with rugby league.

I believe my appreciation of its history and the importance of the game to the Australian sporting landscape will be an excellent platform for the business acumen I bring to this role."