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SEEK Asia appoints former McKinsey exec Michele Manigart as CSO

Asia’s leading online employment marketplace SEEK Asia announced the appointment of Michele Manigart as Chief Strategy Officer. SEEK Asia combines the two well-known job portal brands, jobsDB and JobStreet.

According to SEEK Asia, Manigart will be responsible for defining and driving locally responsive, and group-aligned strategic priorities, while building and leading a team of world-class strategists.

Manigart brings 18 years of experience, including various leadership positions in management consulting, which provided her with deep experience in strategic and analytical thinking, core business operations, and people management. Most recently, Manigart held the position of director of operations for Global Knowledge and Asia Telecoms, Media, and Tech (TMT) Practice in McKinsey & Company’s Kuala Lumpur office. She served for close to 14 years, rising through the ranks, starting as a consultant before leading McKinsey’s internal operations for the TMT practice. Prior to McKinsey, Michele started her career in the food & beverage industry.

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“Michele’s appointment could not have come at a better time. We have been investing in our Asia team significantly to transform our Asia business into Southeast Asia’s leading career platform,” said Peter Bithos, CEO, Asia for SEEK. “Michele brings fresh views, a unique voice, a high-energy personality, and strong people leadership skills to what is increasingly one of Southeast Asia’s best emerging tech teams,” he added.

Manigart will be reporting to Florian Dehne, strategy Director, AP&A (Asia Pacific & Americas).

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“We are delighted to bolster our leadership team by adding someone of Michele’s caliber and track record,” Florian said. “She will be instrumental as we look to improve our market position and pursue growth opportunities in Asia.”

Manigart holds a master-equivalent post-graduate degree in Management (magna cum laude) from the Université Catholique de Louvain, one of Belgium’s top-ranked universities.

SEEK is present in Asia through JobStreet and JobsDB, two leading career platforms, with presence across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Shenzhen, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. The business represents strong underlying growth and profitability (being the fastest-growing part of SEEK’s portfolio of businesses) and attracts over 400 million visits a year.