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LinkedIn has managed to swipe away a high profile Google executive to serve as Vice President of Products. Dipchand "Deep" Nishar has been working at Google as Director of Products, Asia-Pacific.

He is credited with helping start Google’s mobile business. According to Jessica E. Vascellaro at the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Nishar held a range of jobs at Google, including building the back-end infrastructure for Google’s monetization systems, starting its mobile initiatives and, more recently, overseeing product development for the Asia-Pacific region.

His departure comes as the recession has made a move from a mature company to a start-up more risky. But LinkedIn, which has 32 million registered users, is better positioned than many.

A post at Zoominfo.com indicates that Nishar has also worked at Siebel Systems, and founded a web services-based software integration company called Patkai Networks. His LinkedIn profile provides his education info and status on there of course:

Deep Nishar LinkedIn Profile

Vascellaro says that Nishar will be leading LinkedIn’s efforts to develop new products and services. The social network has already been pretty busy lately releasing new features, including an enhanced version of its search engine, and some other usability functions. It should be very interesting to see what new directions it goes in with a Google innovator taking the reigns.

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  • http://yourlastwillandtestament.blogspot.com/ Joe

    >>Nishar will be leading LinkedIn’s efforts to develop new products and services.<<
    I’ll have to say that I’m underwhelmed with Linkedin’s features. It’s basically a directory of resumes for professionals with limited ability to communicate among community members. I’m sure Nishar was hired to remedy this weakness but I wonder what direction linkedin intends to go. Google’s philosophy is free to users, make the $$$s from advertisers. Linkedin is pretty much pay to play. I wonder if there will be a shift in thinking on this point with the new hire.

    • Chris Crum

      It’ll definitely be interesting to see where he takes it.

  • http://readerszone.com Ajay Pathak

    i like the title of this post :)

    • Chris Crum

      Thanks!

  • http://www.lightingsupply.com Light Bulbs

    Headed up google mobile? Smart guy…good pickup linkedin

  • http://www.seovisions.com SEO Company

    It’s funny to see a very intelligent and busy savvy person like Deep going to a rather new company in Linkedin and not getting scooped up by a Yahoo or MSN.

    Great acquisition for Linkedin.

    • http://www.videoconverterosx.net Video Converter OS X

      so funny that you find the funny point.

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