Neeraj Arora has resigned from WhatsApp as its Chief Business Officer, ending his seven-year-long stint with the company.
He was reportedly in the queue to become WhatsApp CEO.
Sharing about his exist Arora writes on micro-blogging site Twitter and social media site Facebook that, “Time flies for sure but not memories. It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since Jan and Brian got me onboard at WhatsApp, and it has been one hell of a ride!”
“I’ve been blessed to work with a small set of talented people and see how maniacal focus can create something magical which is loved by billions of people. 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. I am confident that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, secure & trusted communication product for years to come,” he added.
“I’m going to be taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family. I am deeply indebted to Jan and Brian, who entrusted me to be their business companion for so many years and I am thankful to each one of you who has supported me along the way and made this exciting journey possible,” adds Arora.
Arora is an IIT Delhi alumnus and former manager at Google corporate development. He joined WhatsApp in 2011, much before the Facebook acquisition. He looks after the business side of the mobile messaging company. He had been the board member for Paytm as well.
In May 2018, several media reports quoted that Indian origin Neeraj Arora will be leading WhatsApp as he was number two in the company and worked closely with Mark Zuckerberg. However, Facebook announced Chris Daniels as the chief of WhatsApp.