Changes amid Sports Hub management as two senior staff 'asked to step aside'

Sources said that several senior staff members have not agreed with recent decisions of the new management.
Sources said that several senior staff members have not agreed with recent decisions of the new management.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL), a consortium of firms which run the $1.33 billion Singapore Sports Hub, confirmed on Friday that two members of its senior management have been asked to step aside.

A press statement confirmed that managing director of Global Spectrum Pico Mark Collins and Global Spectrum Pico director of contracts and compliance Daphne Letournel have "stepped aside".

The statement added: "The team remains focused on ensuring a seamless and integrated delivery of world-class sports, entertainment and lifestyle events at Sports Hub. We will not be commenting any further on this internal matter."

SHPL also confirmed that Mr Jason Hrick will replace Mr Collins as acting managing director and will report to SHPL chief executive officer Manu Sawhney, who took over the reins in October. Ms Letournel's replacement will be announced at a later date.

No details were given regarding the redeployment of Mr Collins and Ms Letournel. When pressed on this, SHPL said: "We will not be commenting any further on this internal matter."

Sources told The Straits Times that several senior staff members at the Sports Hub have not agreed with recent decisions of the new management.

At least two organisers have turned their backs on the stadium over cost issues, with both MP & Silva, which was handling the Merlion Cup football tournament, and the local track and field body Singapore Athletics, the backer of the Asia Masters Athletics Championships, pulling out of negotiations this year.

The Sports Hub was built under a 25-year public-private partnership scheme with the Singapore Government. The SHPL consortium comprises four equity partners. They are InfraRed Capital Partners, Dragages Singapore, DTZ Facilities & Engineering (S) Limited and Global Spectrum Pico.