Narendra Modi among most viewed Indian CEOs on LinkedIn in 2015

Modi, who joined LinkedIn in 2014, currently has just over a million followers on the platform-1,080,779 to be precise


LinkedIn, which began operations in India in 2009, has over 31 million users in the country. Photo: Reuters
LinkedIn, which began operations in India in 2009, has over 31 million users in the country. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s LinkedIn profile is among the most viewed of Indian chief executive officers (CEOs) in 2015, according to the professional networking site’s “PowerProfiles 2015 India” list.

Modi, who joined LinkedIn in 2014, currently has just over a million followers on the platform—1,080,779 to be precise. He is also classified by LinkedIn as an “influencer”.

In a blog post on the list, LinkedIn said, “A true leader must have a compelling vision to help steer forward. Modi embodies this vision and drive, and is inspiring the nation with his plans for a Digital India, and powering a billion dreams. With over 1 million followers on LinkedIn, he is featured with other top leaders on the list of most-viewed CEOs of India, continuing to put the nation on the world’s map.

Besides Modi, the most viewed Indian CEOs list features Google India’s managing director Rajan Anandan, Biocon chairperson and managing director Kiran Majumdar-Shaw, Intel India president Kumud Srinivasan and Facebook India managing director Krithiga Reddy, among others. The list of CEOs also includes Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl, who was also featured in the 2012 PowerProfiles edition.

Besides the CEO category, the PowerProfiles list also features most-viewed profiles in technology, finance, marketing and advertising, Internet, telecom, human resources and students.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of One97 Communications and online payment platform Paytm, figures among the most-viewed technology professionals, along with MobiKwik founder and CEO Bipin Preet Singh and assistant vice-president, product, at Ola Cabs, Harsha Kumar.

Founders of some other Indian start-ups too feature in the most-viewed Internet professionals list. These include founder and CEO of YourStory Media Shradha Sharma, CouponDunia CEO Samir Parwani and CommonFloor co-founder and CEO Sumit Jain. The other prominent names on the list include Yahoo India managing director Gurmit Singh and Amazon director Amit Deshpande.

The list, compiled by LinkedIn, includes profile views from 2014 to 2015. Besides views, it also includes user engagement, including visits, profile completeness and “other actions on the platform”.

LinkedIn, which began operations in India in 2009, has over 31 million users in the country. India is also its second largest market after the US. As of May 2015, LinkedIn has over 364 million members, globally.

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