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LinkedIn opens satellite office in Singapore

It’s been a big month for LinkedIn, which listed this month on the New York Stock Exchange to become the first major US social networking firm to go public.

LinkedIn is also diving into many different geographies. Today it was announced that the company has opened a regional headquarters in Singapore to expand its Asia-Pacific presence.

Singapore’s business-friendly, welcoming environment and ideal location makes it a popular choice for companies considering satellite offices.

According to TimesofIndia.com, LinkedIn touts more than 100 million members from 200 countries as of March 2011, with over 18 million of them from the region.

“We chose Singapore’s location for a few reasons, one because its the regional hub for so many multinational companies, many of whom are already our customers on a global basis,” regional managing director Arvind Rajan said to the media. “Part of the reason that we’re moving out here is to also use Singapore as a hub through which we’ll look at opportunities to expand physically throughout the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region.”

ZDNetAsia reports that Rajan, who will relocate from LinkedIn’s U.S. headquarters in Mountain View, California, said he is currently interviewing candidates for regional leadership roles before building the rest of the team including finance, human resources and marketing directors.

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