LinkedIn has announced the appointment of Akshay Kothari as Country Manager for India, effective immediately. Kothari will report to Olivier Legrand, LinkedIn’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and join the company’s APAC senior management team.
Kothari joined LinkedIn in 2013 when Pulse, the company he co-founded and was CEO of for almost 3 years, was acquired by LinkedIn. Since then, based out of LinkedIn’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California, he successfully led several major product and content initiatives.
On his new role, Kothari, said, “My journey with LinkedIn started when Pulse became part of the LinkedIn family almost three years ago. I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with our teams across India, from sales to product and engineering. This new role also brings me back ‘full-circle’ to India, a high-growth market where there are opportunities abound to create even more value for our members and clients. Ultimately, my dream is for LinkedIn to play an even more significant role in helping to transform professionals and businesses in India, and showcase their success to the rest of the world.”
Legrand commented, “India continues to be a strategic market for LinkedIn. While we have come a long way over the past 6 years in the country, we still have a long runway of opportunities to deliver even more compelling experiences and value for our members and clients. Akshay’s successful track record as an entrepreneur, leader and product executive will be a boost to our efforts, as he leads our team to the next stage of growth in India.”
An Indian national, Kothari has lived and worked in the USA for the past 12 years, primarily in California. He holds a Master of Science degree from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Purdue University.