People: SEEK Asia appoints Michele Manigart as CSO, in charting the path towards becoming the best career platform in Asia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — SEEK Asia, which combines two leading brands JobStreet and JobsDB, today announced the appointment of Michele Manigart as Chief Strategy Officer.

In her new role, Michele will be responsible for defining and driving locally responsive, and group-aligned strategic priorities, while building and leading a team of world-class strategists.

Michele 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, Michele 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 the prestigious organization 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.


“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, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Michele will be reporting to the Florian Dehne, Strategy Director, AP&A (Asia Pacific & Americas). Commenting on her appointment, Florian said: “We are delighted to bolster our leadership team by adding someone of Michele’s caliber and track record. She will be instrumental as we look to improve our market position and pursue growth opportunities in Asia.”

Michele 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.

Michele’s love affair with Malaysia started almost 30 years ago, when she landed in Subang airport at the age of 10 and spent the nineties living with her family in the then quiet streets of Ampang. She came back as a professional 17 years ago, making Kuala Lumpur the home-base for all her pan-Asian professional roles. Michele, her husband Stephane and their 2 Malaysia-born children enjoy living in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. The family holds dual citizenship from Belgium and Luxembourg.

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