In a statement made by the corporate networking website LinkedIn on Monday, the company announced the opening of its new office based in Hong Kong. The office would be the company’s 9th in the Asia-Pacific region and 25th globally. After opening its Singapore branch (regional HQ)in May 2011, the company has since been on a roll and opened offices in Bangalore, India; Tokyo, Japan as well as Perth and Melbourne in Australia. With the global growth of the corporate social-network, it has been able to include local languages like Indonesian, Malay, Japanese and Korean to the mix.
The newly opened LinkedIn Hong Kong office now has about six local staff working to support members in the range of 500,000 who live in the country along with millions of others across North Asia. The company said, it will also be a driver for the company’s growth, offering hiring and marketing tools and premium subscriptions.”
According to Arvind Rajan who is LinkedIn’s Managing Director and Vice President for Asia-Pacific and Japan, “We are thrilled to be expanding our footprint in the region at a time when professionals in Hong Kong are placing a growing emphasis on social media. With more than 2,400 regional company offices and over 1,300 regional headquarters, Hong Kong’s skilled talent base and reputation as a leading international center of finance and business make it an important market for LinkedIn, given our aim is to connect the world’s talent with opportunity.”
Earlier in February, the founder of the corporate social-networking company, Reid Hoffman was rumored to have met up with four major Chinese Internet companies in the hope to push LinkedIn into the Chinese market. With regards to that, there is still no news, but with the opening of a regional office in Hong Kong, it is a step in the right direction.