Jeffrey “Jeff” Weiner (born February 21, 1970 in New York City, New York) is an American businessman. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of LinkedIn, a business-related social networking website. He started with LinkedIn on December 15, 2008, as Interim President. Weiner played an instrumental role in LinkedIn’s acquisition by Microsoft for $26 billion in June 2016.
Early Life and Education
Weiner served in various leadership roles at Yahoo for over seven years beginning in 2001, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Yahoo’s Network Division. As EVP of Yahoo, he led a team of over 3,000 employees, managing products reaching over 500 million consumers. While serving Yahoos Network Division, he was part of the Search leadership team that directed the acquisition and integration of Inktomi, AltaVista, and FAST as well as the development of Yahoo Search Technology.
He has worked at Warner Bros. as Vice President of Warner Bros. Online, developing its initial business plan. He was an Executive-in-Residence for leading venture capital firms Accel Partners and Greylock Partners.
In 2011 Weiner and Reid Hoffman were the U.S. Overall winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 2014, Weiner was recognized by LinkedIn employees via Glassdoor‘s annual survey as among “the top 10 CEOs at U.S. Tech Companies”.
In 2016, Weiner received media attention for donating his $14 million stock bonus to the pool for LinkedIn employees following a drop in share price.