The former state junior player is now the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager taking over from Kenny Goh.
The 46-year-old Lawrence, who was a director of the Swiss Badminton Association, will report for duty on Jan 19 – the opening day of the Malaysian Masters in Penang.
And the Selangor-born Lawrence hopes that his more than 30 years of experience in Europe will stand him in good stead at the BAM.
“I used to play badminton for Selangor and I left for Switzerland at the age of 18,” said Lawrence, a former national schools (MSSM) doubles champion.
“Eventually, I played the game there before becoming one of their coaches. In 2007, I held the director’s post in the Swiss BA.
“Somehow, it has all been about badminton for me.”
During his playing days, he did quite well at the Swiss national championships. He won the mixed doubles title with Santi Wibowo in 1993-1994 and nicked the men’s doubles titles with Jorge Rodriguez in 1994 and Thomas Wapp in 1996.
He is also a council member of the Badminton World Federation since 2009 and the board member of Badminton Europe.
“I have never worked outside Europe but I felt that it was the right time to come home. The GM’s post was advertised and I decided to give it a try. I am looking forward to working in Malaysia for the first time.”
Lawrence said he was fully aware of badminton’s popularity here.
“The setting and profile of the sport is very much different from Switzerland. So, I am quite excited to work in a different environment,” he said.
“The expectations are higher here. As long as we run the association in a transparent and efficient manner, we will be heading in the right direction,” added Lawrence.