Neeraj Arora announced on Monday, November 26, that he is leaving the cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP platform WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Messenger is freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook after the acquisition happened in 2014. Though Facebook already acquired the messaging platform, Facebook allowed WhatsApp to operate independently under its founder Brian Acton and co-founder Jan Koum.
On September 2017, founder of WhatsApp Acton leaves his own company to start a non-profit business. After Acton’s announcement, Koum took his position and served as CEO of WhatsApp until he abruptly quit in April of this year due to privacy and data concerns. Not long after Koum’s exit, Neeraj Arora also announced his exit from the platform.
Neeraj Arora is the chief business officer of WhatsApp and is responsible for all things business at the platform. Before joining WhatsApp in 2011, he spent four years handling corporate development for Google Inc. He also served as the chief manager at Times Internet Ltd.
Arora said that his leaving WhatsApp to take some time off to recharge and to spend time with his family. He also said that he was deeply indebted to WhatsApp founders Acton and Koum who entrusted the business to him.
Arora also said in his post that he is confident that WhatsApp will continue to be simple, secure and trusted communication product for years to come.
Facebook has been facing many controversies and the recent exit of Arora is another evidence that Facebook has entered a new era.