WhatsApp’s chief business officer, and its employee number four, Neeraj Arora said he’s leaving the messaging service as he joins a stream of top executives who have departed Facebook and its group companies in the past year.
Arora was being touted to take over as WhatsApp CEO earlier this year however the role of global head of the company was given to Chris Daniels.
“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, an IIT- Delhi alumnus said in a Facebook post Monday. “I am confident that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, secure and trusted communication product for years to come, he wrote in the wake of controversies like misinformation and fake news that WhatsApp has been dealing with the in the past year.”
Both Koum and Acton who founded Whatsapp and sold it to Facebook in 2014 for an eye-popping $19 billion have left the company. The two left the company they founded as differences stemmed between them and Facebook on WhatsApp’s business model which was originally planned to be ad-free. Aside of these two, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger also left in September.