Singapore Sailing Federation appoints new chief executive in Lim Han Ee, previous head Andrew Tam leaves to join SMU

Lim Han Ee, who is currently on the SSF's athlete selection committee, will be the new chief executive of The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) from Monday, April 3 2017 onwards.
Lim Han Ee, who is currently on the SSF's athlete selection committee, will be the new chief executive of The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) from Monday, April 3 2017 onwards. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) will see a new chief executive at its helm from Monday (April 3) onwards.

Current CEO Andrew Tam, who came on board in January 2016, will join the Singapore Management University as its associate director of alumni relations.

Tam, 49, will be succeeded by Lim Han Ee, who is currently on the SSF's athlete selection committee.

During Tam's time, Singapore hosted two editions of the World Sailing Emerging Nations Programme and was recently appointed a World Sailing Approved Training Centre - the first of its kind in Asia.

Lim is the founder and principal consultant of Emerge Performance, a consultancy that uses sports and performance psychology, among other tools, to develop winning mindsets.

The 39-year-old former navy officer also used to be on the SSF's finance committee.

The windsurfer once dreamt of donning the Republic's colours at the Athens Olympics in 2004, but a back injury resulting from an accident while he was on holiday in 2000 derailed his plans.

He said: "Somehow, I have this feeling that my past journey as a national windsurfer, naval officer serving on frontline ships, and sports psychologist and executive coach have all led me to this new chapter as CEO of SingaporeSailing. They are all relevant to this role, and I am eager to apply all that experience to bring the sport to new heights.

"Working closely with (SSF president) Dr Ben Tan, stakeholders, and especially the staff at SingaporeSailing to drive our mission and vision will be what I am looking forward to doing in the next phase of development for this sport."

At last year's Olympic Games in Rio, Singapore was represented by 10 sailors - its largest-ever contingent.

Singapore was also the top performing sailing nation at the 2015 SEA Games here, bagging 10 golds, seven silvers and one bronze.

SSF president Tan said: "Given his professional background in sport psychology and leadership development, hands on experience managing a crew on frontline naval vessels, and first-hand experience of the athlete's journey as a national windsurfer, Han Ee is well-positioned to lead SingaporeSailing to greater heights."