Jeff Weiner who became the CEO of the world’s largest professional network in 2009 is ready to step down. He will be the Executive Chairman from June 1, this year. He was the backbone of LinkedIn during its IPO as well as at the time of its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016.
Ryan Roslansky, who is currently the global head of product, has been announced as the new CEO. It’s been reported that Roslansky was Jeff Weiner’s first hire when he started off his journey as the CEO. With more than a decade at LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner has also been a part of Microsoft’s senior leadership team.
In an email to employees at LinkedIn, he wrote “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. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help manifest our vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Despite the scale and impact we’ve achieved thus far, it still feels like in many respects we’re just getting started. I can’t wait to see where our team and this community take it from here.”
After working with Roslansky for about two decades, he thinks Roslansky fits the bill and has everything that it needs to be the next CEO of LinkedIn.