LinkedIn appoints Olivier Legrand as Asia Pacific MD
By Digital News Asia November 5, 2015
- Succeeds Hari Krishnan who is moving to PropertyGuru
- Legrand to continue serving as head of Marketing Solutions
PROFESSIONAL social network company LinkedIn has announced the appointment of Olivier Legrand (pic above) as its managing director for the Asia Pacific region, effective Jan 1, 2016.
With this new appointment, he will have a dual role, continuing to serve as head of Marketing Solutions for LinkedIn in the region, the company said in a statement.
He succeeds Hari Krishnan, who held the post since January 2013 and who is leaving to join PropertyGuru Group as its president and chief business officer.
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Singapore-based Legrand, who joined LinkedIn in 2012 to drive the Marketing Solutions business in Asia Pacific, is a senior executive with more than a decade of leadership, marketing and business development experience in the region, the company said.
Before joining LinkedIn, he was general manager of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network for Asia.
LinkedIn said that Asia Pacific, home to some 40% of the world’s professionals, is a key growth region for the company.
More than 1,000 LinkedIn employees in 10 offices (across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore) serve members and clients such as Singapore Post, Toshiba, HCL Technologies, Li & Fung and ANZ.
“The Asia Pacific region continues to be a key economic player in an increasingly connected and digital world where new opportunities emerge every day,” Legrand said.
“I am excited about the opportunities for LinkedIn to help our members and clients become even more successful. While LinkedIn has come a long way in the region since establishing our presence here in 2009, there’s still a long runway for growth ahead for us,” he added.
Meanwhile Hari, LinkedIn’s first employee in Asia, will be leaving after six years at the company, during which he served as country manager for India (November 2009 to December 2012) before becoming the managing director for Asia Pacific.
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