LinkedIn India has appointed A L Jagannath as head, trade marketing, for India. Jagannath, who will be based in Bangalore, will drive existing and new initiatives for LinkedIn's marketing and hiring solutions portfolios. He will also be responsible for increasing awareness about LinkedIn's customised solutions that are available to advertisers and recruiters in the Indian market.
"Jagannath's addition to the India leadership team will help us accelerate our growth in the market, strengthen our operations and associate with even more businesses in India," said Hari V Krishnan, country manager, LinkedIn India.
Prior to LinkedIn, Jagannath was director, marketing for India and SAARC at VMWare, a virtualization and cloud infrastructure company. Before VMWare, he worked with Sun Microsystems in India as the general manager, marketing for their systems and storage business and also held leadership positions at IT companies including Satyam Computers, Reliance Infocomm and Mudra Communications.
In India, LinkedIn is headquartered in Mumbai with offices in New Delhi and Bangalore. Out of its 161 million members worldwide, over 15 million members are from India, making it the second-largest member base for LinkedIn after the US. The company recently redesigned LinkedIn Today, its social news product and also launched a free of cost iPad app. It already has iPhone and iPod Touch apps.
LinkedIn also acquired the presentation sharing platform SlideShare, co-founded by persons of Indian origin, for $118.75 million in a stock-cum-cash deal, which included 45 per cent (or around $53.4 million) to be paid in cash and the rest through LinkedIn shares.
Also, early this month, it ran into trouble after a security breach in which over six million member account passwords were compromised. At the time, the company had apologised for the breach in an official blog post and also provided instructions on how to regain control of the accounts. "We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to our members. We take the security of our members very seriously. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords," the company had said in its blog post.