Why the SEEK (ASX:SEK) share price just hit a record high

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The SEEK Limited (ASX: SEK) share price has been pushing higher again on Thursday.

In early trade, the job listings company’s shares rose 3% to a record high to $34.15.

This latest gain means the SEEK share price is up almost 17% since the start of the year.

Why is the SEEK share price pushing higher today?

Investors have been bidding the SEEK share price higher today following the release of an update.

According to the release, in line with previous announcements, SEEK’s co-founder Andrew Bassat has stepped down as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today. Replacing him at the helm is former Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) CEO, Ian Narev, who has commenced in the role this morning.

Andrew Bassat is expected to transition to a new role as Executive Chairman and CEO of an independent SEEK Investments entity in due course. In the meantime, the Board has appointed Mr Bassat as a non-executive director of SEEK, effective today.

SEEK’s Chairman, Graham Goldsmith, commented: “On behalf of all at SEEK and our shareholders, I would like to thank Andrew for his vision, leadership, passion and commitment. Andrew has led SEEK for more than 23 years and leaves the business in a strong position. We are fortunate to retain Andrew’s experience on the SEEK Board and his entrepreneurial drive in his new full-time role as Executive Chairman and CEO of SEEK Investments.”

“Over the last 2 years, Ian has led SEEK’s operating businesses including making a significant contribution through a challenging 2020. Ian has a strong track record in public company leadership, digital transformation and strategy and we are fortunate to have such a high calibre leader succeed Andrew. I am confident this will be a seamless transition,” he added.

SEEK Investments update

In February SEEK announced that it was undertaking a review of various options to provide SEEK Investments with a greater degree of independence, focus and access to third party capital, and to allow SEEK to retain significant economic exposure to SEEK Investments.

Today’s release explains that the review is progressing and SEEK will provide an update to the market with its full year results. This could potentially see SEEK become the latest ASX 200 share to undertake a demerger. We’ll find out in August.

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