On May 1, Joe Powell, managing director of Seek Education in Australia, will start at global sports technology firm Catapult (ASX: CAT) as chief executive officer (CEO). Seek hasn’t announced the successor of Powell at Seek Education yet.

The managing director of Seek Education oversees Seek’s various education businesses (Seek Learning, Catho Education in Brazil, JobStreet Learning in Malaysia, OCC Education in Mexico and Online Education Services (Swinburne Online)).

Powell joined Seek (ASX:SEK) ten years ago, first as the managing director of employment in Australia and New Zealand, a position he held for six years, and then as managing director of Seek Education.

Powell drove the expansion of the Seek Education brand throughout Australia and internationally. More specifically, to the Seek businesses in Brazil, Southeast Asia, and Mexico.

Joe Powell, managing director of Seek Education, is departing for a new CEO role at sports tech firm Catapult (photo from his LinkedIn page with thanks).

Melbourne-based Catapult produces performance-tracking wearables for elite sports teams and athletes.

According to Catapult, the technology is used by most teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and college sporting teams around the U.S., as well as all of Australia’s AFL, NRL and super rugby teams. It’s also expanded into elite soccer and rugby in Europe.

Powell said he saw strong parallels between the growth opportunity at Catapult now and the Seek platform ten years ago.

Seek co-founder and chief executive Andrew Bassat told the Age that he backed Powell’s appointment.

“Throughout his time at Seek, it was clear Joe was an outstanding leader. He has great people skills, a keen grasp of strategy, and a great ability to execute,” Bassat said.

Prior to joining Seek, Powell worked at Australian telco Optus for 11 years, where he held various positions, after a career as an accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Powell is the director of the Richmond Football Club in Victoria and remains a board member of Online Education Services, the Seek-controlled joint venture with Swinburne University. He gained a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Tasmania and attended Harvard Business School’s advanced business management program.

Powell had been an advisor to Holthouse and the Catapult board since September.

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