LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner surprises vacationing employee with viral selfie post
LinkedIn employee Mariah Walton realized she was
missing CEO Jeff Weiner’s visit to the social network’s Dublin
offices, so she left him a note.
Weiner saw her note and took a selfie at her desk,
apologizing for missing her. Walton shared the photo in a post
that has since gone viral on LinkedIn.
When Dublin-based LinkedIn employee Mariah Walton realized that
her vacation to Venice would mean missing a visit from LinkedIn
CEO Jeff Weiner, she took action.
Since Walton wouldn’t be there personally, she decided to leave a
photo and note for Weiner, laying out her role and bemoaning
that she’d miss her chance for a selfie. Walton is an analytics
manager with LinkedIn, having moved to Dublin after working from
the Microsoft subsidiary’s Silicon Valley headquarters for two
and a half years.
“It doesn’t hurt to ‘subtly’ remind them what you do and
how it helps the big picture,” writes Walton in a
now-viral LinkedIn post. Well, Weiner
clearly appreciated the effort, because Walton came back to find
that Weiner had indeed taken a selfie with her
selfie, at her desk.
Walton posted the picture to LinkedIn, where it attracted almost
30,000 Likes and about 500 comments at the time of writing.
Weiner himself chimed in, thanking Walton for her
sorry I missed you this trip to Dublin. Keep up the great work on
the international dashboard. Has been a game changer for the
product team,” wrote Weiner. His post has almost 4,000 Likes on
In the comments to her post, Walton explains that she
didn’t have any meetings scheduled with Weiner during his visit
to the Dublin office, and he wasn’t specifically there to meet
her team — she just didn’t want to miss her chance to make
an impression on the CEO. And it looks like it worked, judging by
It’s that kind of attention to detail, perhaps, that helped
earn Weiner the #35 slot on
Glassdoor’s 2017 list of the highest-rated CEOs in the world,
ahead of contemporaries like Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (#39),
Twitter/Square CEO Jack Dorsey (#38), and Apple CEO Tim Cook
However, Weiner is a little behind Microsoft CEO Satya
Nadella (#29), who masterminded the $26.2 billion purchase of
LinkedIn in 2016, and who has his own reputation for being a
pretty good boss.
Also of note is Walton’s travel advice for Weiner during
her trip to Venice, as shared in her note: “Just avoid the fake