Mahesh Narayanan appointed LinkedIn’s Country Manager for India

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New Delhi– Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn on Thursday said it had hired Mahesh Narayanan as Country Manager for India.

Narayanan will assume his new responsibilities from January 7, 2019, said LinkedIn which has over 590 million members globally and more than 53 million members in India.

He previously served as the India Managing Director for leading music and audio streaming service Saavn and led Google India’s mobile advertising business from 2010-2013.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) acquired Saavn in March this year, following which Reliance Jio’s music app JioMusic was integrated with Saavn to create JioSaavn, which was released earlier this month.

Narayanan ended his three-and-a-half-year stint at Saavn in June this year. He spearheaded the digital transformation and market-entry strategies for a host of marquee digital businesses such as Sociomantic Labs and AdMob among others in the past.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to further LinkedIn’s vision and mission in an important market that is rapidly digitizing,” Narayanan said on his appointment.

“LinkedIn has created a meaningful impact on the professional lives of millions of people, myself included, and I am excited to work with the team to deliver even more value to members and customers,” he added.

Narayanan will report to Olivier Legrand, LinkedIn’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and will join the company’s Asia Pacific senior management team, the professional network service said.

“India continues to be a strategic market for LinkedIn, and we are pleased to have Mahesh join our team to take our business to its next growth chapter,” Legrand said.

“As we continue to invest in the market, Mahesh’s strong track record in leading growth businesses and his deep market experience will bolster our efforts in India,” Legrand added.

As LinkedIn’s fastest-growing and largest market outside the US, India has seen its member base grow from 3.4 million members in November 2009 to more than 53 million members in July 2018.(IANS)


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