Akshay Kothari, head of LinkedIn India and VP of international products, has stepped down after over five years at the company. His LinkedIn profile reflects that he left the company last month, and will reportedly start his own venture. According to ET which first reported the development, Olivier Legrand, managing director and VP of Asia-Pacific & China, will be the interim head.

Kothari joined LinkedIn after Pulse News, a start-up he co-founded with Ankit Gupta, was acquired by LinkedIn in 2013. He joined the company as its principal product manager in the US in 2013, and was elevated to India head in 2016. After being at LinkedIn until 2016, Gupta co-founded and now heads Bicycle health, a startup which works on addiction medicine in the US.

Under Kothari, Linked launched LinkedLite, a mega-byte size version of its 33MB Android app, to increase its base in developing markets with slower internet connections.

LinkedIn claims to have over 500 million users as of April 2017, while in India it claims to have 37 million users as of August 2016.

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