KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has hired former Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) chief Robert Gambardella as the chief executive officer of the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM).
The 62-year-old American is joining on a two-year contract and will begin his duties on Aug 1 pending immigration clearance.
Gambardella will be tasked to oversee the entire operation of ABM that houses the national senior and junior squads.
His key performance index is to turn the centre of excellence, which is currently being run with funding from the government, into a self-sustaining and financially independent institute.
Besides his stint in Singapore, Gambardella's impressive CV also includes him being the interim CEO of the USA Shooting (USAS) team, the most recent position which he left last month, CEO of USA Taekwondo team, and his various roles with the US Olympic Committee.
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria was pleased that they have found the "right person" for the job.
"We are pleased to welcome Robert Gambardella to the ABM as the chief executive officer. He has a thorough understanding of the sports industry; he joins us with a wealth of experience as the chief of the Singapore Sports Institute for seven years and more recently as the interim CEO of USAS," said Norza.
"Robert was the outstanding candidate in a strong field. With his good leadership skills and enthusiasm for the sport of badminton, we believe we have found the right person to lead ABM and establish the facility as a profitable badminton centre of excellence.
"He will also be tasked with overseeing the mini-ISN (National Sports Institute) Support Science unit at ABM that is scheduled to start in mid-August to support the senior and junior squads.
"It is our hope that our vision for ABM will be realised - with sports technology at the crux, to strengthen the technical aspects of the world-class training facility and work hand-in-hand with the BAM Foundation to generate revenue which in turn will be utilised for the development of the national team," he said.