The Canadian Paralympic Committee is in need of a new leader.

On Monday, the CPC board of directors announced CEO and director general Henry Storgaard would be stepping down from his role within the organization effective Jan. 18.

"I have enjoyed being part of a growing organization filled with passionate and inspiring individuals," Storgaard said in a press release. "I personally look forward to new opportunities and challenges within sport, but Paralympic athletes will always have a special place in my heart."

Storgaard was praised by CPC president David Legg, who will be stepping into the role on a temporary basis until the position is filled full-time.

"Henry has led the organization towards great heights and the Paralympic community is very grateful for it," said Legg. "His leadership, passion and resilience in guiding CPC through the past Paralympic quadrennial has positioned it well for the future."

Since joining the organization in 2009, Storgaard has helped oversee a positive transition. He helped lead the CPC from a $1-million deficit to an annual budget of $9.4 million with a $1.3 million reserve fund, according to the release.

Team Canada flourished at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics, securing a record 19 medals — including 10 gold — and finishing a best-ever third in total medals. Canada placed 20th overall in total medals at the London Games this past summer.

A search for Storgaard's permanent replacement will commence at the end of January, with the committee hoping to have the job filled by April.

Storgaard began his extensive career in sport as marketing director of the Canadian Ski Association. He's worked on several major sporting events including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and Canada Games.