Business leader Michael Vukcevic has resigned from his position as the chairman of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council.
Mr Vukcevic, who is a former chief executive of the law firm Baldwins, has been forced to reply to accusations this week that he had a misleading CV, which stated he had a law degree.
Mr Vukcevic says he did not seek to mislead Baldwins in his CV and his job had not involved legal work.
He resigned from that job in 2013 for personal reasons.
Deputy chairperson of the council Stewart Germann will take over as chairman and says he spoke to Mr Vukcevic on Friday morning.
He says Mr Vukcevic is very disappointed but he didn't want the council to be damaged in any way because he had put a lot of work into it.
Mr Germann says the Middle East Business Council has made significant progress under Mr Vukcevic's leadership.
Mr Germann will remain as chairman of the council until an annual meeting later this year.