Press Release 23 Mar 2010

Move supports expansion of business across Europe and worldwide

Dublin, Ireland - March 22, 2010 – IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 60 million members globally, that it is opening its new international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

LinkedIn plans to hire for several positions in its new Dublin office including positions in marketing, sales, finance and customer service.  Details of current openings can be found on the LinkedIn Website

Welcoming the announcement IDA Ireland CEO, Barry O’Leary, said: “Ireland has always been attractive to innovative global leaders and I’m delighted that a leading business social networking site, such as LinkedIn, has chosen Ireland as its international headquarters.   This is an endorsement that Ireland can satisfy the needs of highly innovative and technologically advanced companies as they make critical investments.  It demonstrates the advantages Ireland continues to offer global multinational companies and fits neatly with the type of service innovation investment identified by IDA in its recently published strategy Horizon 2020”.

LinkedIn’s offices in Mountain View, California will continue to serve as corporate headquarters with Dublin as the centre for international growth. 

Kevin Eyres, managing director of LinkedIn Europe commented, “We now have more than 14 million members in Europe and 60 million worldwide. As our membership continues to grow quickly, this is the right time for us to establish an international headquarters. Being based in Dublin gives us access to a highly skilled workforce and enables us to coordinate our business growth across Europe and beyond to deliver the best possible service to our members.”

Notes to editors

LinkedIn was launched in 2003 and has its Corporate Headquarters in Mountain View, California. The London office opened in January 2008 and the Dutch office in Amsterdam last January. LinkedIn also has offices in Mumbai, India and Sydney, Australia. LinkedIn’s Mountain View offices will continue to be the centre for product development.

LinkedIn currently has 14m members in Europe, 3m members in the UK, well over 1m in the Netherlands and a growing member base in Ireland.

It took 477 days for LinkedIn to reach its first 1m members and now adds the same number around every 12 days, or about one new member per second.

LinkedIn currently has members across 150 industries and from 200 countries.

About LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an Internet company focused on connecting the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive and successful. 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 60 million members representing 200 countries and executives from every FTSE 100 company. The company’s worldwide corporate headquarters is in Mountain View, California.

For more information on LinkedIn, please contact:

Lansons Communications
Stuart Lerman, Lansons Communications, Tel : +44 (0)207 294 3674

IDA Ireland
Thomas McEvoy, Press and PR Manager, Tel: +353 (0) 1 6034255, Mob: +353 (0) 87 7426684
Gillian Lawless, Press Officer, Tel: +353 (0) 1 6034190, Mob: +353 (0) 87 9050611