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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
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.
Ya Xu, senior director of engineering and head of data science
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
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.
Rosanna Durruthy, vice president of global diversity, inclusion, and belonging
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.
Scott Shute, head of mindfulness and compassion programs
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
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
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
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.
Joanna Pomykala, vice president of global customer operations
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.
Erran Berger, vice president of engineering
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
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.
Sue Duke, head of public policy
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.
Gyanda Sachdeva, vice president of product management
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
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.