Paul  Bassat co-founded SEEK in 1997,  and  served as Chief Executive Officer and  then  as joint Chief Executive Officer from 1997  until 2011. In 1997,  during the pioneering days of online business, Andrew created the website SEEK with his brother Paul and  friend Matt Rockman. Together they raised a small amount of capital  and  took on the newspaper companies at their own game. Against  all the odds, SEEK managed to completely transform the landscape of employment advertising from print-dominated to online.  SEEK became one  of Australia’s most  successful online businesses, becoming an ASX top 100 listed company with a market capitalisation of $2 billion. It has  expanded to the UK, China,  Brazil, New Zealand and  Malaysia. SEEK is widely recognised and  awarded as an ‘employer  of choice’,  much  of which was  due  to the leadership and  management of Paul. On 1 July 2011  Paul  stepped back  from the day-to-  day management of the company SEEK,  making  way for his brother Andrew to become CEO.  Since leaving  SEEK, Paul  has  been an active  investor in early stage and growth companies. He is a director  of Victoria Capital Pty Ltd, Square Peg  Ventures Pty Ltd, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and  the P&S Bassat Foundation. Paul  is also  an advisory board member of the Faculty  of Business and  Economics at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation and  an Australian Football  League Commissioner. Prior to SEEK,  Paul  commenced his career as a lawyer in 1991  and  spent six years with the commercial law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler where he specialised  in corporate law. He holds  Bachelor of Law and  Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne and  is a member of the Small Business Panel of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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