Professional networking site LinkedIn, which has over 18 million users in India today said it has appointed Nishant K Rao as the new country manager for India. Rao would replace Hari V Krishnan, who has moved into a larger role as the Managing Director of Asia- Pacific and Japan.
In his new role as the country manager for LinkedIn India, Nishant will focus on scaling up operations and staying committed to LinkedIn’s value proposition of connecting India’s professionals to make them more successful and productive and helping enterprises hire, market and sell effectively.
“With a member base of 18 million professionals, India is one of our fastest growing markets and the largest outside of the US,” Rao said adding “Indian marketers and recruiters are fast realizing the potential of LinkedIn’s affluent member base and are leveraging the platform for targeted and thought leadership oriented campaigns. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the LinkedIn India team to serve our customers and members in India.”
Prior to being appointed as LinkedIn India’s Country Manager, Nishant was Director, Business Operations – Head of Global Sales Strategy at LinkedIn’s headquarters in Mountain View. He has been with LinkedIn since September 2011 and has a strong understanding of the company’s business.
Nishant has over 10 years of industry experience with a healthy mix of sales, strategy management and entrepreneurship. He has held leadership positions with companies like McKinsey and ARIBA Inc and was also one of the founding members of Epicentre Technologies – one amongst India’s first call centers.
He holds an MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and International Business from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin.