Departing ACT Brumbies chief executive Michael Thomson says he's stepping down to spend more time with his family and is confident the club is set up to cope with another major leadership change.
Thomson announced his resignation on Monday and will leave the Brumbies a year earlier than expected when he finishes his tenure on October 19.
He will be replaced by Brumbies chairman Phil Thomson, who will step into the job as the sixth chief executive change since the end of 2013.
Michael Thomson, who has led the Brumbies to back to back profits for the first time in a decade, said faster than expected off-field results triggered his decision to walk away.
He took the reins after the most turbulent off-field period in Brumbies history, which involved ugly legal battles and losing more than $3 million in three years.
But a desire to spend more time with his two sons and having rebuilt the broken relationships at the club led him to an early exit.
"This felt like the best time for me and the organisation," Thomson said.
"The other part is with a soon-to-be 11-year-old and soon-to-be 14-year-old, this is a great chance to spend a bit of time with them.
"To have an excellent replacement in Phil Thomson ... it provides a good transition and he's an excellent choice.
"I care deeply about the organisation and its continued success. This just looked like a good opportunity to hand over."
Thomson played a crucial role in ensure the Brumbies' long-term viability in Super Rugby.
The Brumbies were in danger of being axed from Super Rugby last year, but Thomson led the way and convinced Rugby Australia the club belonged in the competition.
He also turned around the Brumbies' finances. The club reported a $14,361 profit this year and will announce a $52,000 profit at the annual general meeting in December.
It will be the first time in a decade the Brumbies have managed to record a profit in back to back years and comes at a time most Australian teams are struggling to break even.
But the Brumbies still face some major challenges, including trying to lure fans back to Canberra Stadium after crowd numbers dropped to their lowest average in Super Rugby history this year.
"I think we have probably mended quite a few relationships. We've got a great relationship with the University of Canberra, we're on very sound footing with the ACT government," Thomson said.
"We've got an exciting squad and coaching team locked in, and there's been growth in rugby in our region, plus turning a profit. The launch of Super W and our reconciliation action plan ... those things are really pleasing.
"The Brumbies are a community asset and I think Canberra would be so much poorer without them.
"We need to get people coming back to the game, we need spectators through the gates and for memberships to continue growing.
"We need to grow our [sponsorship] pie and diversify some of our revenue streams. Everyone in Australian rugby would like to see clarity about [Super Rugby's] future. We need to get that sorted, and grow our participation base."
Thomson will take some time off before assessing his next move. It's understood he has already been approached about several opportunities to work in different industries in Canberra.
"The last two seasons have been ones of challenge and growth and I would hope that we are in a better position now than when I came back to the club," Thomson said.
"I have really enjoyed the journey and am sure at times I will look back and wish I was still in the role. That said, I was appointed to help stabilise Brumbies Rugby and set the platform for the future and I believe this has been achieved."
The Brumbies will face some massive challenges in the next 12 months. Coach Dan McKellar's contract expires at the end of next year and the club will have to make a decision on his long-term future during the Super Rugby season.
There are also a host of players who will be off contract, including David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano, Sam Carter, Henry Speight and Tevita Kuridrani, after the World Cup in Japan.