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2 more senior staff quit Sports Hub, making 7 exits in 6 months

SINGAPORE — Another two members of senior management at Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) have parted ways with the consortium, with ­legal ­director Maud Brotons and Tan Ai Sim, head of human resources, ­resigning from their positions.

2 more senior staff quit Sports Hub, making 7 exits in 6 months

The Singapore National Stadium stands at the Singapore Sports Hub. Bloomberg file photo

SINGAPORE — Another two members of senior management at Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) have parted ways with the consortium, with ­legal ­director Maud Brotons and Tan Ai Sim, head of human resources, ­resigning from their positions.

This marks the latest development in SHPL senior management, which has seen seven senior staff ­depart the organisation in the last six months.

TODAY has learnt that Frenchwoman Brotons — who joined SHPL in August 2011 and handled all ­legal issues related to the operation of the Private-Public-Partnership project — handed in her resignation last month, while Tan has quit after ­only two months in the job.

Responding to queries from ­TODAY, Manu Sawhney, CEO of SHPL, said in a statement: “There have been some departures within SHPL over the last months, but all of these have happened in the normal course of business — e.g. people leaving due to personal circumstances, or to pursue other interests or ­opportunities. My sole objective is to ensure Sports Hub is configured in all ­respects to be best in class so it can realise its ambitions.”

He also added: “I will not be making any comments on specific individuals on or off the record, in line with our policy not to comment on such internal matters.”

The S$1.33 billion facility has been hit by a spate of resignations in ­recent months.

Last December, the consortium confirmed that Mark Collins and Daphne Letourmel, Global Spectrum’s managing director and ­director of contracts and compliance, were “stepping aside” from their roles.

In a separate move, SHPL’s strategic marketing and partnerships ­director Poh Yu Khing, and senior ­director of corporate communications and stakeholder management, Jose Raymond, left the company.

According to Channel News­Asia, Eric Tan, managing director of SHPL’s facilities management firm DTZ, had also stepped down in August.

Since its opening in June 2014, the Sports Hub has run into a number of issues.

These include problems with the National Stadium’s grass pitch, a roof leak during a concert, and event organisers complaining about the high cost of hosting sports events at the 55,000-seater stadium.

SHPL chief Sawhney had said in an interview with TODAY last month that the consortium would learn from its mistakes and work on winning Singaporeans over.

The ultimate goal, he said, would be to make the Sports Hub an integrated hub for sports, entertainment and lifestyle.

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