LinkedIn, the world’s largest networking site for professionals, recently announced in a blog post that it has crossed the 50 million member mark in the Asia Pacific region.
Nine countries in the region have more than a million members each – India (24+ million), Australia (5+ million), China (4+ million), Indonesia and the Philippines (2+ million each), Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand (1+ million each).
LinkedIn added 7+ million new members in India in the year 2013. In Southeast Asia, there was an increase of more than 50% in LinkedIn’s member base that reached 9+ million last year.
LinkedIn members come from a broad cross-section of industries across the Asia Pacific region among which the top five are IT & Services, Telecommunications, Oil & Energy, Banking & Financial Services, and Hospitality.[useful_banner_manager banners=25 count=1]
Hari Krishnan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan, LinkedIn said, “As the region increasingly consolidates its position as a key driver in the global economy, our aim is to help professionals and businesses here become even more successful at what they do. I would like to thank our members, clients, partners and employees for making LinkedIn a part of your daily professional lives. This milestone was only achieved because of your support. I am looking forward to growing with you as we introduce more exciting features on LinkedIn.”
LinkedIn counts Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon), Tony Fernandes (Group CEO, AirAsia), Nobuyuki Idei (Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps, and Former Chairman & CEO, Sony) and David Thodey (CEO & Executive Director, Telstra) among Asia based influencers. Members can now choose between six Asian languages when engaging in professional conversations on LinkedIn, in addition to English.