Martyn Thomas has stepped down as chairman of the Rugby Football Union.
But he will continue as acting chief executive at Twickenham, chairman of Rugby World Cup 2015 - which will be staged in England - and as an RFU representative on the International Rugby Board.
Thomas said: "This was a difficult day for the Union but at the end of the day this does now mean we can finally move on. I would like to thank Council for their support both in terms of me continuing as acting CEO and in my other roles."
He added: "The most important thing was that we maintained stability for staff and our other partners and in the coming weeks I will be ensuring that we navigate to calmer waters and that we can get on with our core purpose of rugby.
"With RWC2011 upon us we have something to look forward to and I will ensure Martin (Johnson) and his team have all the support they need to be successful in New Zealand."
The RFU Council have decided that Paul Murphy will serve as interim RFU chairman, pending a Special General Meeting when Thomas' permanent replacement will be decided. That meeting, though, cannot take place constitutionally for 60 days.
Press Association Sport also understands that a vote of no confidence in the RFU management board was defeated by a majority verdict and that during the Council meeting Thomas agreed not to put his name forward for election as chairman during Sunday's RFU annual general meeting at Twickenham.
It is also known there were dissenting voices within the Council over his continuation as acting chief executive before it was agreed he should continue in that role.
It now means that less than nine weeks before the 2011 World Cup kicks off in New Zealand, the RFU has no permanent chairman, no permanent chief executive and are still searching for their first performance director.
The performance director job, a role created by John Steele's review of the organisation earlier this year, had been thought to be tailor-made for England's 2003 World Cup-winning mastermind Sir Clive Woodward. But during the course of a horribly bungled RFU process, Woodward reaffirmed commitment to his current employers the British Olympic Association.