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  • As of today, LinkedIn has a new CEO.
  • Ryan Roslansky, formerly LinkedIn’s senior vice president of product, takes over for longtime CEO Jeff Weiner, who is now the company’s executive chairman.
  • Business Insider identified 30 power players and rising stars who will help Roslansky lead LinkedIn.
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Longtime LinkedIn insider Ryan Roslansky took over as CEO of the Microsoft-owned professional social networking site on Monday, kicking off a series of changes within the company.

In February, former CEO Jeff Weiner announced plans to step down after 11 years, though he remains involved as LinkedIn’s executive chairman. Weiner joined the company in 2008 and led it through its sale to Microsoft for more than $26 billion and helped it grow to more than 675 million members, 16,000 employees, and $7.5 billion in revenue.

In announcing his plans, Weiner said he felt that LinkedIn was “just getting started.”

Business Insider identified 30 of the power players and rising stars who will help grow the company in its next phase:

Jeff Weiner, outgoing CEO and executive chairman

Jeff Weiner


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When Jeff Weiner announced in February that he would step down as CEO, he said he’d been discussing the plans with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella since the summer before.

“The last eleven years have been the greatest professional experience of my life and none of it would have been possible without you, our members,” Weiner said in an blog post at the time. “Despite the scale and impact we’ve achieved thus far, it still feels like in many respects we’re just getting started.”

Weiner will still help shape LinkedIn going forward in his new role as executive chairman.

Ryan Roslansky, incoming LinkedIn CEO

Ryan Roslansky


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Roslansky officially became CEO on Monday.

Roslansky was Weiner’s first hire when he replaced cofounder Reid Hoffman to become LinkedIn CEO in 2009. Roslansky helped lead LinkedIn’s integration with Microsoft, and LinkedIn’s acquisition of online-education site Lynda. Weiner said Roslansky has also played a key role in building LinkedIn’s marketing products, and publishing and “influencer” programs.

 As CEO of LinkedIn, Roslansky will report directly to Satya Nadella and join Microsoft’s senior leadership team, as Weiner did. 

Ya Xu, senior director of engineering and head of data science

Ya Xu, LinkedIn senior director of engineering and head of data science.


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Xu, who joined the company seven years ago, leads a team of hundreds of LinkedIn data scientists who work across the business, from sales and marketing to engineering.

Xu’s team spans LinkedIn’s economic insights, product testing and research, and she’s in charge of metrics, insights, inference, and algorithms, as LinkedIn describes it.

Blythe Yee, Vice President, Employee Communications

Blythe Yee, LinkedIn vice president of employee communications.


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Yee runs employee communications, which means it’s her job to dispatch information to the company’s 16,000 employees. 

Yee helped the company integrate with Microsoft after it was acquired in 2016 and has played a key role in navigating the CEO transition and coronavirus crisis. 

Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn head of product

Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn head of product


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As head of product, Cohen is in charge of all of the teams that build LinkedIn products and services, including business development, user experience, and customer operations.

He joined LinkedIn in 2012 and has led different teams throughout his tenure, including product development for the company’s “marketing solutions” business.

Karin Kimbrough, LinkedIn’s chief economist

LinkedIn’s Chief Economist Karin Kimbrough.


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Kimbrough became LinkedIn’s chief economist in January and now leads the team responsible for the company’s labor-market insights.

LinkedIn hired Kimbrough away from Google, where she was an assistant treasurer. Her career spans roles at Morgan Stanley, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Kimbrough’s team is behind LinkedIn’s Economic Graph, which the company says is meant to “analyze labor markets and recommend policy solutions to prepare the global workforce for the jobs of the future.”

Kalinda Raina, LinkedIn’s vice president of global privacy

Kalinda Raina, LinkedIn’s vice president of global privacy


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Raina run’s LinkedIn’s member privacy efforts – and, according to LinkedIn, is “building a company-wide culture of privacy that empowers every employee to become a privacy champion to protect member data. “

Raina joined LinkedIn in 2016 from Apple, where she was head of privacy and policy for the US and Latin America. She was a privacy chief at Nintendo before that.

Rosanna Durruthy, vice president of global diversity, inclusion, and belonging

LinkedIn Head of Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Rosanna Durruthy


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Durruthy helps run LinkedIn’s “women in leadership” and “women in tech” initiatives, which the company says have helped women reach higher roles within the organization.

As the head of the diversity, inclusion, and belonging division, which she joined in 2017, she describes her role as creating economic opportunity for LinkedIn employees.

Nina McQueen, interim LinkedIn chief people officer

Nina McQueen, LinkedIn interim chief people officer


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McQueen is LinkedIn’s interim top human resources executive, taking over from past Chief People Officer Christina Hall, who resigned in December. Bloomberg reported that Hall resigned after breaking internal compliance rules, citing people familiar with the matter.

McQueen has worked for LinkedIn since 2013 and was previously vice president of the employee benefits and experiences.

Scott Shute, head of mindfulness and compassion programs

Scott Shute, LinkedIn’s head of mindfulness and compassion programs.


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Shute is the head of what LinkedIn calls “mindfulness and compassion programs”: programs that help LinkedIn employees build “emotional intelligence, resilience, and a better sense of well-being.”

Shute was a LinkedIn’s vice president of global customer operations for six years before moving into this role in 2018.

Tyrona Heath, B2B Institute global lead

Tyrona Heath, LinkedIn’s B2B Institute global lead.


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Heath runs LinkedIn’s B2B Institute, the company’s “think tank” devoted to researching how to accelerate growth in businesses that sell to other businesses.

She describes the institute’s role as “to engage and educate the industry in partnership with the leading marketing effectiveness thinkers to help better define the category, so our clients can drive growth through marketing.”

Blake Lawit, senior vice president and general counsel

Blake Lawit, senior vice president and general counsel


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Lawlit runs legal affairs and public policy for LinkedIn.

He’s shaped the company’s legal and public policy strategies since joining in 2010, and has helped the company navigate legal and regulatory matters, including LinkedIn’s 2016 sales to Microsoft.

Madhu Gupta, director of product management, trust and security

Madhu Gupta, LinkedIn director of product management, trust and security


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Gupta runs what LinkedIn calls “trust and security” product management, which means it’s her job to oversee security and abuse protection, data privacy, and account authentication and management for its products. 

She joined LinkedIn in 2010.

Tanya Staples, LinkedIn vice president and head of trust product

Tanya Staples, LinkedIn vice president and head of trust product


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Staples helps LinkedIn’s product team make sure that its features to help users find jobs and make connections are trusted and secure.

Before she joined LinkedIn, Staples was an executive at Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired in 2015, and for several years after worked on the company’s learning content.

Sabry Tozin, LinkedIn vice president of engineering

Sabry Tozin, LinkedIn vice president of engineering


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Tozin is a vice president of engineering at LinkedIn, leading the enterprise productivity engineering team.

His team is responsible for features like LinkedIn’s enterprise search platform and employee productivity apps.

Joanna Pomykala, vice president of global customer operations

Joanna Pomykala, LinkedIn vice president of global customer operations


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Pomykala runs LinkedIn’s global customer operations, which means she’s in charge of customer support. 

Her job is core to LinkedIn, according to the company, because it makes sure customers are represented in the company’s products.

Erica Lockheimer, LinkedIn Learning vice president of engineering

Erica Lockheimer, LinkedIn Learning vice president of engineering


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Lockheimer is vice president of engineering for LinkedIn Learning, a role she took when the company acquired Lynda.com in 2015.

She leads the team that creates virtual learning opportunities for LinkedIn customers.

Erran Berger, vice president of engineering

Erran Berger, LinkedIn Flagship vice president of engineering


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Berger is in charge of the consumer engineering team responsible for LinkedIn’s homepage, feed, and messaging, and LinkedIn’s marketing business Marketing Solutions and paid product Premium.

He’s helped LinkedIn build research and development hubs in San Francisco and New York.

Jennison Asuncion, head of accessibility engineering evangelism

Jennison Asuncion, LinkedIn head of accessibility engineering evangelism


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Asuncion’s title is “head of accessibility engineering evangelism” and he’s responsible for making LinkedIn more accessible for people with disabilities.

He joined LinkedIn in 2013 and has worked on accessibility engineering from the beginning.

Brendan Browne, LinkedIn vice president of global talent acquisition

Brendan Browne, LinkedIn vice president of global talent acquisition


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Browne is in charge of LinkedIn recruiting and, in the past ten years,  has helped to grow the company to 16,000 employees from around 900 when he joined.

LinkedIn calls Browne’s team “customer zero” for the talent recruiting products it sells, because his team tests them, gives feedback, and provides insight to LinkedIn’s sales and marketing teams.

Hari Srinivasan, LinkedIn Learning vice president of product management

Hari Srinivasan, LinkedIn Learning vice president of product management


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Srinivasan runs product management for LinkedIn’s online-education business LinkedIn Learning. 

He joined LinkedIn in 2014 when the company acquired We Created It, which he describes as the “IMBD of products,” where he was founder and CEO.

Daniel Roth, LinkedIn News editor in chief

Daniel Roth, LinkedIn News editor in chief


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Roth runs LinkedIn’s global news team, which is responsible for the social network’s breaking news feed, as well as original articles and finding contributors for LinkedIn posts.

LinkedIn says it is “by far, the world’s largest platform and publisher of business-relevant content.”

Sue Duke, head of public policy

Sue Duke, LinkedIn head of public policy


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Duke runs LinkedIn’s global policy team, which lobbies the company’s position on tech policy issues around the work.

She’s based in Ireland and is the former head of public policy for Google there. Duke is also in charge of LinkedIn’s Economic Graph.

LaRon Johnson, head of LinkedIn Detroit and head of North American Microsoft relationship sales

LaRon Johnson, head of LinkedIn Detroit and head of North American Microsoft relationship sales


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Johnson helped start LinkedIn’s Detroit office in 2017, and has helped grow the office to 70 people from seven..

He’s helped shape LinkedIn’s office culture, the company says. 

Gyanda Sachdeva, vice president of product management

Gyanda Sachdeva, LinkedIn vice president of product management


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Sachdeva runs product management for the company’s marketing business, which it describes as a way for customers to “generate leads, drive website traffic, and build brand awareness” among LinkedIn’s 675 million members.

She’s worked for LinkedIn since 2010 and has overseen other important projects, like LinkedIn’s premium subscriptions.

Mark Lobosco, vice president of Talent Solutions

Mark Lobosco, LinkedIn vice president of talent solutions


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Lobosco is the sales leader for LinkedIn’s largest business: Recruiting or “Talent Solutions,” as it’s known. 

He runs the sales, pre-sales, and customer sales teams and has worked for LinkedIn since 2008.

Keith Richey, senior director of global marketing for LinkedIn sales and marketing solutions

Keith Richey, senior director of global marketing for LinkedIn sales and marketing solutions


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Richey runs global marketing for LinkedIn’s sales and marketing businesses.

He helped the company align its marketing employees across those two businesses (LinkedIn Marketing Solutions and LinkedIn Sales Solutions).

Penry Price, LinkedIn vice president of Marketing Solutions

Penry Price, LinkedIn vice president of marketing solutions


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Price runs the global team for LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions business and helped transform the company’s advertising business into its fastest-growing unit.

He’s based in New York and joined the company in 2013.

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