17 February 2014

LinkedIn announces it has over 50 million members in Asia Pacific region

LinkedIn, the online professional network, announced February 12 that it has crossed the 50 million mark for membership in the Asia Pacific region, against over 277 million members globally. The more members there are, the more likely it is that you can leverage the network to create synergy for your career.

Nine countries in the region now have over 1 million members: 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).

In 2013, LinkedIn welcomed more than 7 million new members in India, while 2 million joined the network in Australia and New Zealand. In Southeast Asia, the number of members jumped more than 50% to exceed 9 million.

“We still have much to do in terms of connecting all professionals around the world. Accordingly, we are looking to introduce more features to deliver even more value to our members and customers,” commented Hari Krishnan, MD of LinkedIn Asia Pacific and Japan.

When LinkedIn opened its regional centre in Singapore in May 2011, it had a third of the regional members it has now. Since 2011, LinkedIn has also added six Asian languages to its offerings to offer a more localised experience for members in these markets. Asia-based influencers introduced include Tony Fernandes (Group CEO, AirAsia), David Thodey (CEO & Executive Director, Telstra), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon) and Nobuyuki Idei (Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps, and Former Chairman & CEO, Sony).

“As the region increasingly consolidates its position as a key driver of the global economy, our aim is to help professionals and businesses in Asia become even more successful at what they do. Whether it’s expanding professional connections, tapping critical talent or marketing and selling to this influential audience, we’re excited to be able to help connect the dots and create economic opportunities for everyone,” Krishnan continued.