Former AFL executive member and ex-Australian soccer boss Ben Buckley will succeed Triple M's James Brayshaw as North Melbourne chairman at the end of this season.
Brayshaw told AFL.com.au on Tuesday that Buckley was the club's preferred candidate to take over as chairman.
"We didn't give him a lot of option. I just said, 'Mate, I've got to by constitution get out and we've got to find someone else and that someone else is you'," Brayshaw said.
"So it was really not much more comprehensive a conversation than that to be honest, but he's a great Shinboner."
Brayshaw has served as North chairman since late 2007 after playing a leading role in the club's decision not to relocate to the Gold Coast.
"I can't think of a better guy to take over," Brayshaw said.
"I always said when I came in that you had five boxes that you categorically needed to tick at a footy club and they were captain, coach, head of footy, CEO and president.
"So I think we can now categorically tick four of those, when Ben takes over there's the fifth."