The Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) has appointed Leon Neo Lih Yaw as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Neo is seconded from national sports agency SportSG for a two-year term.
With a wealth of experience and a proven track record in both public service and the private sector, BAS said that he “is poised to lead the organization into a new era of growth”.
He possesses over 20 years of experience working in both the public service and the private sector and has been with SportSG for more than a decade, collaborating with various National Sports Associations (NSAs) in Singapore to advise them on their multi-year sports plans and funding matters.
With this experience, Neo will play a pivotal role in helping BAS strengthen its governance and financial capabilities.
Neo said that he is confident that he will work with stakeholders to elevate the sport to greater heights.
“I am both grateful and honored to be given this opportunity to serve in one of the most popular sports in Singapore,” he said.
“It is with great pleasure that I can seize this chance to work with a team of passionate volunteers and staff.
“I look forward to meeting more enthusiastic individuals to help build the Basketball ecosystem together.”
While Neo used to play basketball in primary school, he later transitioned to competitive volleyball during his secondary and tertiary school years and believes that his understanding of team sports can help bring the community closer together.
Said BAS Secretary-General, Mr. Kelvin Tan, “His extensive experience in the sports scene, coupled with his personal passion for cultivating a positive and communal culture around it, is truly admirable.
“I, for one, am grateful to work alongside him.”