LinkedIn locates global finance base in Dublin

24 Jun 2010

Three months since professional networking website LinkedIn revealed it was planning to locate its European HQ in Dublin – joining other web giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and eBay – the company has revealed it will ensconce its financial director in the city.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 70 million members worldwide, today announced the appointment of Sharon McCooey as its new international finance director.

The company revealed in March that with IDA Ireland support it will be creating 30 jobs in Dublin, a city rapidly becoming the internet capital of Europe, with companies like Zynga and Yelp also planning to establish operations there.

Now LinkedIn is adding five additional finance roles which will be led by McCooey.

Based in LinkedIn’s international headquarters in Dublin, McCooey will be responsible for the professional network’s global financial operation, reporting directly to CFO Steve Sordello in Mountain View, California.

About Sharon McCooey

Prior to joining LinkedIn, McCooey ran her own consulting business and was previously director of the shared services centre (SSC) and general manager at Business Objects, the business intelligence software provider.

McCooey has also held a senior financial position at Zarion (business process solutions) and was head of finance at Siebel Systems (CRM software), with both roles located in Dublin.

“LinkedIn is one of the fastest-growing internet companies worldwide, offering a fantastic challenge as the business continues to grow its global operations,” McCooey said. “I’m looking forward to building a world-class financial team here in Dublin and supporting the accelerating success of the business.”

McCooey will be responsible for appointing an initial team of five finance roles in LinkedIn’s Dublin HQ, with the company planning to add up to 30 more employees.

“Sharon’s appointment marks a significant stage in our growth as a business,” Kevin Eyres, managing director at LinkedIn Europe, explained.

“Half of LinkedIn’s members are outside of the US and as we continue to grow, Sharon will be ensuring our focus on delivering the best financial performance in a way that allows us to scale internationally.”

Steve Sordello, LinkedIn CFO, added: “Sharon is a key addition to my global team and we’ll be working together as LinkedIn’s membership growth continues to accelerate in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years