New leadership reshuffle sees online employment firm target A/NZ growth

Online employment website Seek has revealed realignment of portfolios within its executive team.

Online employment website Seek has revealed realignment of portfolios within its executive team, designed to continue to position the business to take advantage of its growth opportunities.

The changes include expanded roles for existing members of the executive team, as well as three new internal appointments to help Seek achieve its aggressive growth ambitions.

The expanded Seek executive team will see Andrew Bassat as CEO while Michael Ilczynski takes the role of MD Seek Employment.

In this role he will lead Seek Employment in Australia and New Zealand, including responsibility for Sales, Marketing, IT, Product, Strategy, Development and Delivery.

Meanwhile, Peter Everingham is taking the role of MD Seek International - he will continue to lead the growth of SEEK Asia and now also take on oversight of all of Seek’s employment businesses outside of Australia and New Zealand.

In another change, Joe Powell is taking the role of MD Seek Education and will have responsibility for the growing education portfolio including Seek Learning, IDP, Swinburne Online and international expansion opportunities.

Furthermore, Meahan Callaghan will take on an expanded role as Group HR Director while a search is underway for a replacement Group CFO.

Isar Mazer will join the Executive Team as MD International Operations, continuing to drive operational cooperation with the international business as well as the Latin American businesses.

According to the company, he will also pick up leadership of early stage investments in other markets.

Finally, Ronnie Fink will join the Executive Team as Corporate Development Director and be responsible for driving Seek’s acquisition activity, while Simon Lusted will join in the role of Group Strategy Director, where he will drive the employment strategy across all markets.

Bassat says the reshuffle reflected the continued expansion and increased complexity of the business and also involved recognition of strong performance by everyone who had been given new or expanded roles.

“I am delighted to welcome on to the Executive Team Isar, Ronnie and Simon,” Bassat adds.

“All three have been strong performers at Seek over a long period of time so it is great to be able to reward their efforts and promote them to their new roles.

“I have no doubt their passion for driving great outcomes will see them perform strongly in their new roles.”

In addition to the executive appointments, Jason Lenga has been appointed as Special Advisor to the CEO and Board which he will commence when he finishes his current role as MD Seek International.

Current CFO, John Armstrong, will remain with the company until the end of 2015 at which time we will transition to a new Group CFO.

“For the existing members, Mike Ilczynski, Joe Powell, Peter Everingham and Meahan Callaghan, I am delighted to announce that they have all been given the opportunity to take on more challenging roles,” he adds.

“These bigger roles reflect the leadership and strong performance that Mike, Joe, Peter and Meahan have demonstrated over many years at Seek and I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with them.”

According to Bassat, the new team has a “strong mix of talented people” with the right expertise to lead the business as it embarks on the next phase of its aggressive growth strategy.

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