CEO departs amid managerial changes at Singapore Sports Hub

Singapore Sports Hub has commenced a global search for a new CEO following the resignation of current incumbent Oon Jin Teik amid further managerial departures.

Oon, who only officially took up the role in January 2018, becomes the third CEO to depart the consortium since the S$1.33bn (£752.1m/€861.8m/$984.6m) project initially opened in June 2014.

In a statement confirming the news, the SportsHub entity which controls the multi-venue development said Oon will leave his position following the staging of the Singapore Rugby Sevens event in mid-April.

Bryn Jones, chairman of Singapore Sports Hub since 2017, will assume the role of acting chief executive while the board conducts a global search for Oon’s replacement. Jones said: “The team remains fully focused on pursuing operational excellence at Singapore Sports Hub, executing a vibrant repertoire of events, and delivering great experiences for our clients, colleagues, partners and patrons.

“In addition, I shall continue to work with Sport Singapore on transformation initiatives aimed at realising our shared vision and ensuring Singapore Sports Hub retains its preeminent position as the region’s premier sports, entertainment and lifestyle destination in the years ahead.”

Oon first joined Singapore Sports Hub in May 2014 as chief operating officer, before being promoted to CEO in December 2017 after the departure of Manu Sawhney. Frenchman Philippe Collin-Delavaud served as the first CEO from March 2011 to December 2015.

Oon said: “I have been privileged to be involved with the Singapore Sports Hub for almost 20 years (since its conceptualisation phase). Coming from an international sports, global business, and public-private partnership background, I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many talented and dedicated colleagues during the past four and a half years.

“They have given me full support throughout my tenure and together with Sports Hub’s internal and external partners, we have accomplished a lot. I am very proud of this national icon, the Singapore Sports Hub, and I wish the staff, board and management team the very best for the future.”

Local newspaper Today said Sports Hub’s chief operating officer Wong Lup Wai and chief financial officer Sandy Tay have also resigned in the last few months. Today added that Oon’s exit was due to a difference of opinion over the future business direction for the project.

Commenting on the resignations of Oon, its COO and CFO, the Sports Hub said: “As in the normal course of business for all organisations where a certain level of attrition is to be expected, there have been some departures within the Singapore Sports Hub.

“Our focus is to ensure business continues as usual at the Singapore Sports Hub. We have a strong team in place and we remain fully focused on pursuing operational excellence, executing a vibrant repertoire of events, and delivering great experiences for our clients, colleagues, partners and patrons.”

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