LinkedIn the social network site for professionals, has opened an office in Amsterdam. Its LinkedIn’s first office in continental Europe in Amsterdam.
Kevin Eyres, managing director of LinkedIn Europe, said: ‘The Netherlands is one of our most engaged and fastest growing markets. With Eugenie heading up the Dutch team we will offer the growing number of digitally connected professionals in the Netherlands the right tools to collaborate, making them more successful and productive.’
LinkedIn claims to have over 55 million members in over 200 countries. The Netherlands has over one million participants.
Amsterdam – January 6, 2010 – This week LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 55 million members globally, appointed Eugenie van Wiechen as country manager in the Netherlands. Van Wiechen will lead the first LinkedIn office in continental Europe in Amsterdam, where she will be developing the LinkedIn offering for the more than one million members in the country.
Van Wiechen heads up a new team of local advertising and recruitment specialists to grow LinkedIn’s business comprised of user subscriptions, advertising sales and enterprise software licensing for the Dutch hiring market. Near-term the company’s strategy will focus on bringing additional value to Dutch users, establishing strategic local partnerships and founding general operations in the Netherlands.
“Today marks a significant stage in our continuing growth in Europe with the opening of our first office in continental Europe and the addition of Eugenie to our team,” said Kevin Eyres, Managing Director of LinkedIn Europe. “The Netherlands is one of our most engaged and fastest growing markets. With Eugenie heading up the Dutch team we will offer the growing number of digitally connected professionals in the Netherlands the right tools to collaborate, making them more successful and productive.”
Eugenie has extensive experience in leading and growing internet and publishing businesses. Prior to LinkedIn, Eugenie was Managing Director at Marktplaats.nl/eBay.nl. In this position she was responsible for the overall management and growth of Marktplaats.nl, the Dutch market leader in online classifieds. She was also a member of the eBay Global Classifieds management team, one of fastest growing business units within eBay Inc .
Commenting on her appointment Van Wiechen said, “It’s a privilege to be part of building out LinkedIn’s global presence. I’m excited about working with the new team here in Amsterdam to establish LinkedIn and to make sure we’re offering the best possible service for our Dutch members as well as our advertising and corporate partners.”
Between 2003 and 2008 van Wiechen held a number of positions at publishing house Sanoma Uitgevers, including Director Consumer & Trade Marketing and Publisher for Young Women’s Magazines. She started her career in 1995 with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam as a Management Consultant. Eugenie holds a master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Amsterdam and a masters from INSEAD.
About LinkedIn LinkedIn is an internet platform company focused on connecting the world’s professionals. The company is privately held and has a diversified business model with revenues driven from user subscriptions, advertising sales and software licensing. The LinkedIn web site was launched in 2003 and is the largest professional networking site in the world with more than 55 million m embers representing 200 countries and executives from every Fortune 500 company. The company’s worldwide corporate headquarters is based in Mountain View, Calif.