The whatsApp business manager is leaving, most recently in a line of high-level missions on Facebook and its related apps.…
The whatsApp business manager is leaving, most recently in a line of high-level missions on Facebook and its related apps.
Neeraj Arora, a seven-year-old veteran in the encrypted messenger program, announced on Facebook on Monday that he went down saying he planned to spend more time with his family.
“It’s time to continue, but I can not be more proud of how WhatsApp continues to touch people in so many different ways every day. I’m convinced that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, safe and reliable communications product for years to come, “he wrote. “I’ll take some time to upload and spend time with my family.”
Arasa’s exit comes as Facebook lurches from scandal to scandal, and in the wake of a number of high-profile executive exits. Earlier this year, the two cofounders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger left the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, and Oculus’s founder, Brendan Iribe, finished in October.
WhatsApp has proven to be particularly contested for Facebook. WhatsApp’s founder and CEO Jan Koum launched in April 201
8, allegedly as a result of integrity. And in September, WhatsApp’s other founder, Brian Acton, publicly accused accused of burning clashes with Facebook’s revenue generating leadership. (He has also invited people to #DeleteFacebook.)
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WhatsApp is one of Facebook’s most used products, although the company has moved slowly to make money on the free app.
Arora, a former employee of Google, joined WhatsApp in November 2011 and served as Chief Executive. After Koum’s departure, there was some speculation that Arora would be App’s next boss exec – but that role finally went to Chris Daniels, former VP of internet.org, Facebook’s internet connection work.
“Time is flying safely but not memories. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Jan and Brian got on board WhatsApp, and it’s been a hell of a ride!
“I have been blessed to work with a small set of talented people and see how the manic focus can create something magical that is loved by billions of people. 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 convinced that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, safe and reliable communications product in the coming years.
“I’ll take some time to reload and spend time with my family. I’m deeply indebted to Jan and Brian, who trusted me to be business leaders for so many years and I’m grateful to each one of you who has helped me along the way and made this exciting journey possible. “