'There were no LGBT business role models when I was growing up' - Josh Graff, LinkedIn

Q&A: The social network's UK boss on coming out as a gay man at work and the Brexit brain drain.

by Adam Gale

Josh Graff became the UK country manager of LinkedIn in 2015, having joined four years earlier to grow the tech firm’s European advertising business. A university drop-out, Graff founded JAM Partners in his early 20s, the first agency in the world to sell advertisements and product placements in video games. Later, he worked for Microsoft (which is shortly about to close its $26bn acquisition of LinkedIn) and Electronic Arts.

Graff’s also a prominent gay business person, placing 39th on the FT/OUTstanding Global  LGBT Business Leader list 2016. When MT spoke with him he – like many a boss these days – had Brexit on the mind.

How worried should we be about leaving the Single Market?

Our data has become a great barometer for international talent trends, and we’ve done a host of research recently in the light of Brexit. Over the last three years 40% of professional migration into the UK has come from the EU 27, 17% from the US and 14% from Asia. The EU group was twice as likely to have a masters of doctorate compared to our average membership in the UK.

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