LinkedIn's product development chief departs

|About: LinkedIn (LNKD)|By:, SA News Editor

Deep Nishar, LinkedIn's (NYSE:LNKD) SVP of products/user experience and a 6-year company vet, is leaving.

In a statement, LinkedIn states CEO Jeff Weiner will be "indefinitely" taking over Nishar's responsibilities. The company also observes its user base has grown by over 10x to 313M since Nishar came on board.

Nonetheless, LinkedIn has struggled in recent years to boost its historically low engagement rates (relative to other social networking platforms), in spite of a series of product changes meant to address the issue. The company's Q2 numbers suggest it's starting to make some headway.