Matt Tindale, the current head of enterprise for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions in Asia Pacific, has been selected as country manager — effective July 1st — for Australia and New Zealand, as it continues its efforts to become an integral part of the broader Microsoft ecosystem.
In addition to his new appointment, Tindale will continue to serve as head of enterprise for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. Tindale will succeed Cliff Rosenberg in the role.
Rosenberg, dubbed “Employee No. 1” by the company, built the local team from scratch and contributed to its strong member and business growth. Under his leadership, LinkedIn’s member base in Australia grew from one million members in 2009 to over eight million members currently, and the company now has 280 staff across its Sydney and Melbourne offices to serve members and customers.
Rosenberg’s departure will come almost eight months after Microsoft completed its US$26.2 billion acquisition of the professional networking site.
At the time, LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, reportedly said that the coming months would see the company integrate its products with Microsoft’s ecosystem, especially in areas where it could leverage the vendor’s scale.
These integrations involved the likes of LinkedIn’s identity and network and Microsoft’s Outlook and Office Suite or LinkedIn notifications and the Windows action centre.
In December, immediately following the closure of the acquisition, analysts piled in on what the move might mean for LinkedIn, Microsoft and, most importantly, Microsoft’s customers.