LinkedIn’s Senior VP of Product Deep Nishar will be leaving the company October 3rd, according to Re/code. LinkedIn released a statement to the publication saying, “We want to thank Deep for his many years of dedication and contributions to the company and wish him the best as he embarks on his next endeavor.” Neither Nishar nor LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner have commented as to what prompted the sudden departure.
LinkedIn’s statement to Re/Code also hinted that Nishar hadn’t figured out where he’s headed next, although he may stay busy enough in his startup mentorship capacity and board advisory role to not need a full-time role elsewhere.
Nishar played a crucial role during LinkedIn’s scaling years. He was with the company since January 2009 and oversaw — according to his LinkedIn profile — product management, data science, user experience, web development, business development and online sales. During his tenure, the site grew from 30 million members to 313 million members. LinkedIn says that CEO Jeff Weiner will be covering Nishar’s roles “indefinitely.”
Gigaom’s Mathew Ingram talked to Nishar about his role at LinkedIn at an event in 2011:
Nishar later published a blog post explaining why he’s leaving. He says “the time is right” for him to consider his next professional steps, and he’ll continue to work as an advisor to Weiner. As for what’s next?
I am passionate about building and leading businesses and companies that have the potential to make a significant positive impact in the world and have had the honor and privilege of doing so at both LinkedIn and Google. I look forward to the possibilities that the future holds and the opportunity for a ‘three-peat;’ or, as my cricketing buddies would say, a ‘hat-trick.’
Nishar wished his colleagues all the best and promised to give more information about his next steps soon.
A LinkedIn spokesperson told Gigaom that the reason Jeff Weiner is taking over Nishar’s roles indefinitely instead of hiring a new head of product is because he has a strong background in product. She said, “Deep has built a world-class product organization during his time at LinkedIn and leaves the company with highly capable product leaders in place. These leaders will work closely with Jeff to ensure we continue to build new and better experiences for our members and customers.”
This post was updated Thursday afternoon after Nishar shared a blog post confirming his departure.