LinkedIn taps Akshay Kothari to run India — its Second Biggest Market

LinkedIn appoints Akshay Kothari India Country manager
Akshay Kothari

India ranks as LinkedIn’s second biggest market globally following the U.S. And today the business social network named Akshay Kothari to take the reigns and expand its presence there even further.

Kothari, who will ditch his California digs for Bengaluru, is replacing Nishant Rao, who leaves LinkedIn after almost three years.

The move was announced in a post by Kothari on LinkedIn –of course.

 
 

“I’m excited to announce that I have taken up a new role inside LinkedIn to become the Country Manager and Head of Product for our India operations. LinkedIn already has a strong presence in India, with over 33 million members and 600 employees.”

“I want to build on that strong momentum and start creating products that are “Made in India, for India”. These products, like our new Placements product, will initially address the Indian member base, but have the potential to be used globally across our 400 million members. I’m excited to get started. I’m coming home,” he said.

In 2013, LinkedIn acquired Pulse – a news reader app for mobile and web, which Kothari co-founded with Ankit Gupta. Kothari also ran it as the CEO for almost three years prior to the acquisition by LinkedIn.

 
 

Kothari will report to APAC MD Olivier Legrand, who took over the top regional job for LinkedIn back in November of last year.

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