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Singapore Sports Hub gets new CEO

The Singapore Sports Hub has appointed Lionel Yeo as its new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 3 February 2020.

Located on a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub includes a 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and movable tiered seating; the iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium; a 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre that meets FINA standards; and a 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena which is scalable and flexible in layout.

Bryn Jones, chairman of the Singapore Sports Hub, 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.

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.

SportsHub’s commitment to fulfil its vision is clearly demonstrated by the steady build-up of its annual calendar.

The new CEO and his team will continue to strive to deliver annual programmes that comprise world-class recreational and competitive events, as well as community events, to serve children, youth, working adults, seniors and families in Singapore and the tourism sectors. Its comprehensive calendar of sports, entertainment and lifestyle events now has more than 210 events or more than 400 event days annually.

CEO-designate Yeo said:

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 was Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board from 2012 to 2018, where he executed a successful strategy to attract major sports and leisure events to Singapore, launched a new country brand for Singapore, and implemented industry transformation plans for the tourism sector.

During this period, Singapore’s visitor arrivals hit record highs and grew by 30%. He is currently serving as CEO Advisor at Southeast Asia’s leading start-up, Grab.