LinkedIn opens Hong Kong office

Professional networking site unveils 9th office in Asia to serve members in Hong Kong and North Asia, as well as drive further growth in Asia-Pacific.

Professional networking site LinkedIn has announced the opening of a new office in Hong Kong, its 9th in Asia-Pacific, and 25th globally.

In a statement Tuesday, LinkedIn said the establishment of a local presence in Hong Kong reflected the company's continued growth in the Asian region. The company opened its Singapore office in May last year, which serves as its regional headquarters for Asia where it currently has over 25 million members. The company has since opened offices also in Bangalore, India; Melbourne and Perth in Australia; and Tokyo, Japan. It has also introduced local language sites in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Japanese and Korean.

The LinkedIn Hong Kong office currently has about half a dozen local staff and supports some 500,000 members living in the territory as well as millions of members across the North Asia region. It will also be a driver for the company's growth, offering hiring and marketing tools and premium subscriptions, the company said.

"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," said Arvind Rajan, LinkedIn's managing director and vice president for Asia-Pacific and Japan. "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."

At its Singapore office opening, Rajan told ZDNet Asia the company was "very, very bullish on Asia" and said there were "huge opportunities" in the region.

Earlier in February, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman reportedly met with four major Chinese Internet companies to discuss the possibility of LinkedIn entering the Chinese market.