SEEK, the operator of Asia’s online employment marketplaces JobStreet and JobsDB, has announced a significant milestone in their regional growth plan with the appointment of their first Asia-based board member, Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim. Tan Sri Jamaludin is based in Kuala Lumpur, aligning him well with the company's strategic growth objectives in the Asian market. This marks the first time that SEEK has had a board member outside of Australia.
Tan Sri Jamaludin's extensive career spans over 40 years in business and technology leadership in Southeast Asia. His resume includes over 16 years in Information Technology and 23 years in telecommunications. Tan Sri Jamaludin also has a track record of public service, having served the Malaysian government in various roles. In 2020, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia appointed him as a member of the Economic Action Council and of the Digital Economy Council.
SEEK Chairman Graham Goldsmith shared his thoughts on the appointment, saying, "Tan Sri Jamaludin's experience in the information technology and telecommunications sectors in Asia and his various current roles are a valuable addition to the expertise and views on the Board, and supports the achievement of SEEK's continuing growth aspirations in Asia."
This landmark move comes at a pivotal time for SEEK. The company is setting the foundation for the expansion of its Asia business by uniting its three online employment marketplaces. These are SEEK (in Australia and New Zealand), JobStreet (in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), and JobsDB (in Hong Kong and Thailand). The unification of these platforms, a crucial three-year investment programme, is due for completion in the 2024 financial year.
Peter Bithos, Chief Executive Officer of Asia at SEEK, says, "Tan Sri Jamaludin joins the SEEK Board at an opportune time. Once our three core online employment marketplaces - SEEK, JobStreet and JobsDB - are unified into a single platform next year, we will have the ability to scale efficiencies and unlock vast growth opportunities across APAC. With Asia being a key market for SEEK, Tan Sri Jamaludin's vast expertise in the technology sector, as well as his astute understanding of the region's business landscape will be valuable in guiding us in our journey forward."
Over the years, Tan Sri Jamaludin has held various executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad from 2008 to 2020, and at Maxis Communications Berhad. His experience also extends to multinational companies such as IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Currently, he chairs government-owned Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia's public transport owner and operator, and privately owned entities like QSR Brands Holdings Bhd and AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd. He is also a non-executive director of the publicly listed conglomerate, Sunway Berhad.
Tan Sri Jamaludin states, "I'm honoured to join SEEK's esteemed board of directors, and am excited to be part of the technology company's continuous growth journey in Asia. This role is especially meaningful to me as SEEK's purpose of helping people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and helping organisations succeed aligns with my passion and values. I look forward to contributing my expertise to help SEEK advance its ambitions and make a positive impact on millions of talent and employers in the region."