LinkedIn Further Strengthens Executive Team with Addition of Yahoo!’s Patrick Crane as Vice President of Marketing
Palo Alto, CA — June 28, 2007 — LinkedIn Corporation, the world’s largest and most effective professional network, today announced that Patrick Crane has been named Vice President of Marketing. Most recently, Patrick was Vice President of Marketing for the Yahoo! Inc. Network Division. He was responsible for taking Yahoo! Answers to market in 2005 and for marketing the product to its position today as the #1 Q&A site on the web. Patrick also led the marketing of Yahoo! Mail, helping it become the world’s #1 web mail provider in 2006 as measured by comScore.
Prior to Yahoo!, Patrick served as Marketing Director for Vodafone U.S. and launched Australia and New Zealand’s first wireless internet portal, extending some of the services into the Japanese market. He is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield and Henley Management College, both located in the United Kingdom. “Patrick brings terrific experience in marketing and growing thriving Internet communities, as well as international experience, innovation and enthusiasm to LinkedIn,” said Dan Nye, CEO, LinkedIn. “His many accomplishments at Yahoo! are directly relevant to what we are doing here at LinkedIn and the professional network we are building. In addition, his international marketing experience will be incredibly valuable as we expand overseas.”
“I am thrilled to join LinkedIn and to play my part in building the world’s #1 professional network,” said Patrick Crane, Vice President of Marketing, LinkedIn. “We are just beginning to see the impact of connecting the world’s career-minded community, as LinkedIn starts to help millions of people realize their professional goals.”
LinkedIn is the Internet’s premier professional network, where over 11 million professionals find customers, jobs, employees, investors, business partners, service providers, industry experts and opportunities through their network of business relationships. With over 11 million members, the LinkedIn network is currently growing at a rate of over 180,000 members a week, with 18 new members joining each minute. The company also expects to double in size over the course of the next year.
LinkedIn takes your professional network online, giving you access to people, jobs and opportunities like never before. Built upon trusted connections and relationships, LinkedIn has established the world’s largest and most powerful professional network. Currently, more than ten million professionals are on LinkedIn, representing all five hundred of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as a wide range of household names in technology, financial services, media, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, and numerous other industries. LinkedIn is backed by world-class investors including Sequoia Capital, Greylock, the European Founders Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners.