LinkedIn announces India’s Power Profiles 2018

The 2018 list of most-viewed profiles includes LinkedIn influencers PM Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra, and industry veterans Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Vijay Shekhar Sharma

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Aug 23, 2018 10:49 AM Updated: Aug 23, 2018 10:49 AM
The popular professional networking platform, LinkedIn is unveiling its fifth edition of India’s Power Profiles 2018. The annual list is a showcase of the ‘most-viewed’ professionals in India across eight categories including Technology, CEOs, Finance, LinkedIn Influencers, Internet, Human Resources, Marketing & Advertising, and a newly introduced ‘Social Impact’ category. These top 73 professionals are industry experts with a strong voice, who shape the trends of tomorrow, and have grown to become influential professional brands and opinion leaders.

Srividya Gopani, Director, Brand and Consumer Marketing, Asia-Pacific and China, “LinkedIn Power Profiles 2018 is a celebration of the most viewed professionals in India, those who are great examples of strong professional brands that inspire our 50+ million members across the country. These Power Profiles have not only had exciting journeys, but they participate in meaningful dialogue, offer perspectives, and continue to engage all our members, including young career starters. Success means different things to different people and we hope these inspiring professional journeys help others find theirs.”

The Power Profiles that have been dominating the list year on year are Prime Minister Narendra Modi (LinkedIn Influencer); Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra (LinkedIn Influencer), Founder of Paytm Vijay Shekar Sharma (Internet); VP, Xiaomi and MD, Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain (CEOs); President & Global Chief People Officer at Cipla Prabir Jha (Human Resources); Communications consultant Karthik Srinivasan (Advertising & Marketing); and Founder & CEO of YourStory Media Shradha Sharma (LinkedIn Influencer). CMD Biocon Limited Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (LinkedIn Influencer) and Chairman, Accenture in India Rekha M Menon (CEOs) have also featured in the 2016 edition.

This year, the ‘CEOs’, ‘Internet’, and ‘Technology’ categories feature new names such as CEO & Co-Founder at Flipkart, Binny Bansal (CEOs); Country Manager for H&M India, Janne Einola (CEOs); CEO at Myntra and Jabong, Ananth Narayanan (CEOs); and Co-Founder & CEO at Nearbuy.com Ankur Warikoo (Internet).

Women leaders Debjani Ghosh, President at NASSCOM (Technology), Nisaba Godrej, Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products (CEOs), and Suchita Salwan, CEO & Founder, Little Black Book (Internet) are also some of the new entrants to this year’s edition.

The LinkedIn Power Profiles 2018 in India- Marketing & Advertising list:



The ‘Marketing & Advertising’ list features veterans from some of the most talked about trendsetting brands of the year including Apple (Parul Mattoo, Apple India Head), Nykaa.com (CMO Hitesh Malhotra) and Jio (Satyarth Priyedarshi, Head of Product Marketing for JioChat).
Reliance Jio’s VP of HR, Harjeet Khanduja has also been a LinkedIn Power Profile in the ‘HR’ category in 2016, and now once again in 2018.

Attesting to the growing trend of ‘purpose’ and ‘giving back’ as a core value for both companies and individuals, this year LinkedIn has introduced a new category, the ‘Social Impact’ category to recognise the most viewed professionals in this industry. These names include Ruchi Khemka, VP - CSR, Deutsche Bank India, Shruti Kapoor, Program Manager India at McKinsey Social Initiative, Kiran Verma, Founder of Simply Blood, Vineet Nayar, Founder & Chairman of the Sampark Foundation; Rachna Sharma, Founder & CEO Vision 2021, and Sheetal Mehta, Chief – CSR at Mahindra & Mahindra.

LinkedIn used member data to pull profile views from 2017 to 2018 to arrive at the LinkedIn India Power Profiles 2018 list. LinkedIn also applied filters to capture engagement levels, besides views. Engagement includes visits, profile completeness and other actions on the platform. LinkedIn employees were excluded from the list.

Below is the complete list of LinkedIn Power Profiles 2018:

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