Microsoft-owned professional networking platform announced the appointment of Ashutosh Gupta as Country Manager for India. Gupta will be replacing Mahesh Narayanan, who joined in this position only in January this year and stepped down in June. In other words, LinkedIn gets its second India country manager in less than six months.
Gupta, who will officially take up this position from September 2019, brings with him two decades of experience in the Internet and IT & Software Services industries across firms such as Google, Cognizant, and Infosys. He joined LinkedIn in 2013 to lead LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions (LMS) in India, where he scaled the enterprise business.
In 2016, he moved to Singapore to build LMS’s Online Sales Organisation (OSO) for Asia Pacific and China.
“India is a strategic market for LinkedIn, and its developing economy and dynamic jobs market is ripe with opportunity for LinkedIn to add value for our members and customers. I also look forward to forging deeper government relationships to inform policy-making with actionable data on jobs and skills, and make LinkedIn an integral part of the national agenda. I am excited and humbled to take on the role of Country Manager to drive LinkedIn India into its new decade,” said Ashutosh Gupta, Country Manager – India, LinkedIn.
Commenting on Gupta’s new role, Olivier Legrand, Managing Director – Asia Pacific, LinkedIn, said, “I am confident that Ashutosh’s strong understanding of the company’s business, his seasoned leadership experience, and deep market experience will drive forward the right strategic plans for India.”
He added, “As a sophisticated sales leader who has worked across regions, Ashutosh is highly skilled at building businesses at scale and evangelising the value of LinkedIn to members and customers. We look forward to partnering with him to foster the India brand.”
Gupta will report to Olivier Legrand, LinkedIn’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region and will join the company’s APAC senior management team. He will relocate to India from Singapore to assume his new responsibility.
In addition to his country manager role, he will continue to lead the LMS Online Sales Organization for APAC and China.