Lionel Yeo has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Singapore Sports Hub, the sports and entertainment complex that includes the 55,000-seat National Stadium as well as 6,000- and 3,000-capacity arenas.

Yeo will replace Oon Jin Teik, who announced his resignation back in January and left following the Singapore Rugby Sevens event in April. The complex is controlled by the SportsHub entity, which announced Yeo’s appointment yesterday (Wednesday).

Yeo and his team will continue to strive to deliver annual programmes that comprise recreational, competitive and community events. SportsHub’s calendar of sports, entertainment and lifestyle events now stands at 210 events or more than 400 event days annually.

Yeo served as chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board from 2012 to 2018, where he was responsible for attracting major sports and leisure events, launched a new country brand for Singapore, and implemented industry transformation plans for the tourism sector. Singapore’s visitor arrivals hit record highs and grew by 30 per cent during this period.

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.”

Yeo added: “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.”

Oon only took up the role in January 2018 and earlier this year became the third CEO to depart the consortium since the project initially opened in June 2014.

Yeo currently serves as chief executive advisor at Southeast Asian start-up, Grab.

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