He’s from South West Sydney, well, at least his company is, so it will be interesting to see the direction new Wests Tigers chairman of the board Lee Hagipantelis will take the NRL club.
Hagipantelis, the principal of Brydens Lawyers, the major sponsors of the club since 2016, will replace Barry O’Farrell, the former NSW premier, who is stepping down to pursue other interests away from rugby league.
A long time supporter of the club, Hagipantelis will take up the role effective immediately.
A long standing supporter of Wests Tigers, Hagipantelis and Brydens Lawyers assumed the role of Major Sponsor in 2016 — signed through until the end of the 2021 season.
Hagipantelis, pictured below, said he was delighted to take up the role of Wests Tigers chair.
“I’m extremely honoured – I am both overwhelmed and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the club in this way.
“I am also extremely excited to step into this role.
“As the principal of Brydens Lawyers I’ve had the chance to contribute to Wests Tigers first as a partner and then as major sponsor, but this is certainly an exciting next step to take.
“Our wonderful members and fans can be assured that I will cherish this opportunity and continue to give Wests Tigers my absolute best to ensure this great club achieves the sustained success that it richly deserves.”
The Board of Wests Tigers welcomed Hagipantelis to the new role as Chair and expressed its gratitude to O’Farrell for his service as Chair throughout 2019.
In a statement, the Board of Wests Tigers said:
“Lee has an unquestioned passion for Wests Tigers and his experience
and leadership will be an invaluable asset to the club moving forward.
“The board of Wests Tigers would also like to thank Barry O’Farrell for his professionalism and service to the club as chair throughout the course of this season.
“The board of Wests Tigers are now excited to move forward in to a new chapter in this club’s rich history and continue to succeed on and off the field under the strong leadership of Lee, Justin [Pascoe] and Michael [Maguire].”