When you greet someone new for the first time, you can say:
Hello John, it's nice to meet you!
But what if you cannot greet somebody in person, when the first contact happens? For example, some other person introduces you via email and then you respond via email and want to say that you are pleased getting to know him. A formal greeting is required in this case. Is something like the following appropriate or are there better ways for saying that?
Dear John, I am pleased getting to know you!
Is this appropriate English anyway?
My question is different to Is “nice to meet you” an appropriate online salutation?, because I specifically ask whether a given sentence is ok. Additionally, the referenced question discusses more the case when saying goodbye, so when the conversation is finished, where there might have been time getting to know each other.