WhatsApp’s Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits after seven years | Tech News

WhatsApp’s Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits after seven years

Arora was with WhatsApp since 2011 -- well before the mobile messaging service’s $19 billion acquisition by Facebook.

By: INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 12:00 IST
Neeraj Arora worked with Google before joining WhatsApp.
Neeraj Arora worked with Google before joining WhatsApp. (WhatsApp)

In yet another high-profile exit at WhatsApp, its Indian-origin Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora has quit, saying he needs "time off to recharge and spend time with family".

Arora has been with WhatsApp since 2011 -- well before the mobile messaging service's $19 billion acquisition by Facebook. An alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Arora played a key role in closing the acquisition of WhatsApp. He worked with Google before joining WhatsApp.

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"It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since Jan (Koum) and Brian (Acton) got me onboard at WhatsApp, and it has been one hell of a ride," Arora said in a post on Tuesday.

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"I am deeply indebted to Jan and Brian, who entrusted me to be their business companion for so many years," he added.

A WhatsApp spokesperson said, "WhatsApp is grateful for the dedication, focus, and outstanding work of our early leaders and team. We remain deeply committed to providing a way for people to communicate privately now and in the future."

In a jolt to Facebook in May, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum decided to move on amid reports that he had a difference of opinion with parent company Facebook over data privacy, encryption and other issues.

Arora was rumoured to be the frontrunner to replace Koum as CEO. Another WhatsAppAco-founder Brian Acton made his highly-publicised exit from Facebook in 2017.

"It's time to move on, but I can not be more proud of how WhatsApp continues to touch people in so many different ways every day. I am confident that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, secure and trusted communication product for years to come," Arora added. ALSO READ: WhatsApp appoints Ezetap co-founder Abhijit Bose as India head

(with inputs from HT Correspondent) 

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First Published Date: 27 Nov, 11:31 IST
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