LinkedIn has opened its first European office in London, clearly reflecting the growth of the professional social network in the UK and Europe. Kevin Eyres, formerly MD of travel site SideStep Europe and GM of AltaVista, has been hired as its European MD and is building a sales and marketing team. LinkedIn worked with UK Trade & Investment and its regional partner, Think London, in setting up here.
In October of last year, LinkedIn signed up its millionth member in the UK, its largest market outside the US, and currently has some four million members in the rest of Europe. Local European competitor Xing, based in Germany, has around 3 million members in total currently.