SportsHub (SHPL), the company that owns the S$1.3 billion (US$973 million) Singapore Sports Hub (SSH) facility at Kallang, has appointed former Singapore Tourism Board (STB) head Lionel Yeo as SSH’s new CEO, with effect from February 3, 2020.
“The Singapore Sports Hub is a major national project that I had been involved with during my time in government service. I am aware of the challenges SportsHub faces and also of its achievements and tremendous potential. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as its CEO, and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders to build on its success for Singapore,” Yeo said in a media statement.
He will take over from SHPL chairman Bryn Jones, who had been acting CEO since April.
Yeo will be the fourth man to helm the Sports Hub after Frenchman Philippe Collin-Delavaud, India-born Singaporean Manu Sawhney, and Oon Jin Teik, according to a report by The Straits Times.
During Yeo’s tenure at STB from 2012 to 2018, he played a key role in attracting major sports and leisure events to Singapore, including the BNP Paribas Women’s Tennis Association Finals, the Singapore Rugby Sevens and football’s International Champions Cup.
Yeo is also currently serving as CEO Advisor at ride-hailing firm Grab.
SSH’s chairman Bryn Jones said: “We are delighted to have appointed Lionel after a search that began in June this year for a candidate that would lead the team behind SportsHub to deliver a comprehensive programme for everyone in Singapore to watch, play and support sports events and also to enjoy world class entertainment.”
He added: “The CEO has the all-important job to realise the SportsHub’s vision, goals and plans with the support of our partners and to work closely with them to deliver this vision and our long-term strategic plan to be the region’s premier sport, entertainment and lifestyle destination.”
In 2018, Sports Hub hosted more than 210 events or more than 400 event days annually, said the company in a statement.