Dutch Treat for LinkedIn

LinkedInEugenievanWiechen.jpgEugenie van Wiechen joined LinkedIn as country manager for the Netherlands, where she will lead the professional networking site’s first Continental Europe office, in Amsterdam.

van Wiechen had been managing director at Marktplaats.nl/eBay.nl and, prior to that, held a number of positions at publishing house Sanoma Uitgevers.

LinkedIn Europe managing director Kevin Eyres said:

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. 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.

And van Wiechen added:

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.

In a post on the LinkedIn Blog, van Wiechen said:

As I get settled in to our new LinkedIn offices at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam, I can’t help but think of my first interview for this position with Arvind Rajan, our vice president of international operations. He told me that of the 55 million professionals on LinkedIn, the member base in the Netherlands was one of the most active and highly engaged groups with the highest number of LinkedIn members per capita outside of the United States.

Echt? (English: Really?)

That’s impressive.

As I dug deeper into LinkedIn’s proposition to professionals around the world, it made plain sense why my peers have taken to online professional networking.

Last week, Hari Krishnan, our country manager based in Mumbai, launched our India operations with the objective to connect all of India’s professionals. Here in Central Europe, the bar is just as high. By creating programs and partnerships to raise awareness and engagement with LinkedIn in the Netherlands, I believe we can help Dutch professionals succeed in the new decade and beyond and put them on a path to business and career opportunities that otherwise may pass them by.

We already have a strong team here on the ground in Amsterdam. Our near-term focus will be to establish local partnerships and ramp up our general operations. Critical to that will be hearing from you on what we can do to make LinkedIn more helpful to you in your business and career in the Netherlands.