Sonu Nayyar

Vice President, Global Engineering Operations

Sonu Nayyar is the Vice President of Global Engineering Operations at LinkedIn and has been leading IT and Data Center Operations for more than 20 years. As Vice President of Global Operations at LinkedIn, he leads the Production Operations and Corporate IT teams that manage all tech infrastructure services for and the company’s 10,000+ employees worldwide.  

During his seven-year tenure, LinkedIn has experienced tremendous growth with 500+ million members today. Sonu’s teams have ensured that the platform continues to scale cost effectively while being highly available and reliable.

Sonu has driven strategic changes in corporate IT by building strong partnerships with business units, improving operating and support models, and providing innovative solutions to empower all of LinkedIn’s worldwide offices. He has built a world-class organization of more than 400 people by bringing together top talent from Silicon Valley and beyond. Externally, he has grown LinkedIn’s data center presence and reach from one in the US, to five centers worldwide today.

Prior to LinkedIn, Sonu was Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering at Yahoo, where he ran a 300+ person organization that managed and operated the production infrastructure for He began his career at Sun Microsystems as a systems administrator. Sonu received his B.S. in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo.