George Peponis, RLWC2017 chairman, announced the appointment following the recent resignation of former CEO, Michael Brown.
George Peponis said: "We are delighted Andrew has accepted the role of CEO for the Rugby League World Cup 2017. Andrew has a great connection with the game from the grassroots through to the international stage. He brings with him a technical understanding as well as vision for the strategic direction of the game not just in Australia, New Zealand and the region but around the world.
"Andrew's experience in working at the club level, as a senior executive with the NRL and the international federation brings a unique outlook to the game. It's this all-of-game perspective that we think is important in leading the RLWC and will complement the skills of those already serving on the organising committee. I'd like to thank Maria Sykes for standing in as interim CEO while the board finalised its position and am pleased she will continue in her role as chief operating officer (CPO)."
Andrew Hill said: "The Rugby League is well placed both domestically and internationally to experience growth in participation and popularity in the coming years and I see the RLWC2017 as the ideal platform for us achieving this. I am extremely honoured and proud to be involved in the tournament and am keen to build on the strong foundation that is in place. We will take next year's tournament to more fans than ever before and deliver the greatest Rugby League World Cup that will inspire communities and create a lasting legacy for the sport."