WhatsApp’s Chief business officer Neeraj Arora is stepping down. He is joining a stream of top executives who have quit Facebook and its group companies last year.
Arora, an IIT-Delhi alumnus and number four in the company, was being touted to take over as WhatsApp CEO earlier this year. However, the role of global head was given to Chris Daniels.
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Arora had been with WhatsApp since 2011. His exit comes seven months after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum left the company.
Mr. Arora in a tweet said “Thank you, Jan, Brian and the whole WhatsApp team for a memorable last 7years! It is time.”
“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! It is time to move on, but I cannot be more proud of how WhatsApp continues to touch people in so many different ways every day,” Arora had said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“I am confident that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, secure and trusted communication product for years to come,” he wrote.
Arora’s exit comes at a challenging time for WhatsApp, which has been dealing with the growing international problem of users spreading misinformation to large groups of people.
Facebook had acquired the popular messaging service WhatsApp in $19 billion deal in 2014.