MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 300 million members, today named Michael Callahan as its new vice president, general counsel and secretary. He will officially join the company on July 28 th. He will report to CEO Jeff Weiner and be a member of LinkedIn's executive staff. Callahan served most recently as the Chief Legal Officer at Auction.com, the nation's leading online real estate marketplace, where he oversaw the company's legal, regulatory, intellectual property, government relations, compliance, ethics, and corporate governance matters. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Yahoo!. Callahan holds a B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut. "I have had the privilege of knowing Mike for more than a decade. He is one of the best legal minds in our industry, as well as a proven leader of world class legal teams," said LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. "Mike is the ideal choice to serve as our general counsel and help us achieve our vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce." "I've long admired LinkedIn for its ability to enable economic opportunity for people around the world, and I have tremendous respect for the entire executive team at the company," said Callahan. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to lead a strong and deep team at LinkedIn and continue to scale the function." Callahan will replace Erika Rottenberg, who announced earlier this year that she would be leaving the company. Rottenberg has served as LinkedIn's general counsel since 2008. "Over the last six years, Erika has built an outstanding global legal team that has successfully navigated a number of the most challenging issues facing Internet companies today, while always prioritizing our members first," continued Weiner. "She has also been a tireless advocate for our company culture and values, and we wish her the best as she takes some well-deserved time off before pursuing the next play in her career."