CarSales, the Australia-based autos site, has appointed former IBM executive Kee Wong as a non-executive director to its board.

Cameron McIntyre, CEO of Carsales.com

Cameron McIntyre, CEO of Carsales.com

Wong’s appointment comes after an “extensive search” of qualified candidates, following the resignation of the board’s chairman Jeffrey Browne in March, chairman Richard Collins said.

“Kee has the combination of technology, product, business and board experience we were looking for to complement and strengthen our board into the future.”

Wong began his career in engineering, before joining IBM in 1994 where he oversaw the technology company’s e-business group in the Asia Pacific. In 1999, he founded IT management consulting firm E-Centric Innovations, which operates in Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Wong said his appointment to the CarSales board was a “dream role.”

“I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to participate in defining the next chapter of CarSales’ journey and global growth.”

The ASX-listed CarSales either controls or has significant shareholdings in a number of autos sites in Australia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America; including the No.1 autos sites SK Encar in South Korea, ChileAutos in Chile, and WebMotors in Brazil.

In the last few years, the company has been rolling out the technology used on its flagship Australian site to other markets. Uptake has been slow though and CarSales chief executive Cameron McIntyre is eager for Wong’s help.

“Kee is uniquely positioned to help CarSales as it continues to globalize its digital platforms and business models,” he said.

Wong currently serves as the deputy chair of the AsiaLink board and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He’s also the immediate past chair of the Australian Information Industry Association.

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