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Carey Eaton, former SEEK executive, killed in Kenya

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Rose Powell

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Carey Eaton, cofounder of One Africa Media and former CIO of Seek

Carey Eaton, cofounder of One Africa Media and former CIO of Seek Photo: One Africa Media blog

One of Australia's leading technology entrepreneurs has been shot and killed in a violent home invasion in Kenya.

Carey Eaton, a  former executive of the job-finding website SEEK, moved to Kenya in 2010 where he co-founded the online classifieds business One Africa Media.

A statement on One Africa Media's blog confirms the death of the father of three.

"Carey was intelligent and bold but wielded this gift with a humility that gave all around him the confidence to achieve more than they knew was possible. However, it is not Carey the business leader that we will miss as much as Carey the man: energetic, passionate and connected to us all in some special way," reads the post.

According to the blog post, Mr Carey died when thieves stormed into a friend's house in Nairobi on Thursday.

"What can never be taken away is the legacy around us in the team and the brands that he built. When we have mourned the loss of our friend we will, with renewed resolve, get back to building his vision into a great legacy. In celebration of his life," continues the statement.

Eaton joined SEEK as product director in 2006. He stepped into chief information officer role in 2008 before moving to Kenya.

Official details on the death are yet to be released.