Paul Moss Bassat
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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