LinkedIn has announced the appointment of Akshay Kothari as country manager for India, effective immediately.
Kothari will report to Olivier Legrand, MD, Apac, and join the company’s Apac senior management team.
Akshay joined LinkedIn in 2013 when Pulse, the company he co-founded and was CEO of for almost three years, was acquired by LinkedIn.
Since then, he has been based in LinkedIn’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California, leading several product and content initiatives, including Pulse. Pulse is now one of the fastest-growing consumer products on LinkedIn, informed an official statement. It added that the number of members publishing on LinkedIn has risen from 1,000 to nearly two million in the last two years.
“My journey with LinkedIn started when Pulse became part of the LinkedIn family almost three years ago. I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with our teams across India, from sales to product and engineering. This new role also brings me back ‘full-circle’ to India, a high-growth market where there are opportunities abound to create even more value for our members and clients. Ultimately, my dream is for LinkedIn to play an even more significant role in helping to transform professionals and businesses in India, and showcase their success to the rest of the world,” said kothari.
India, with 33 million accounts, has the second largest base of LinkedIn members globally, after the USA.
Legrand said, “India continues to be a strategic market for LinkedIn. While we have come a long way over the past six years in the country, we still have a long runway of opportunities to deliver even more compelling experiences and value for our members and clients. Akshay’s successful track record as an entrepreneur, leader and product executive will be a boost to our efforts, as he leads our team to the next stage of growth in India.”