WhatsApp has announced the appointment of Manesh Mahatme as the Head of Payments for India businesses. Mahatme will be tasked to enhance the payments experience for users, scaling the service offering and work towards contributing to WhatsApp's vision of digital and financial inclusion in India.
On his appointment, Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp in India, said,” We are excited to have Manesh join our WhatsApp India team. Manesh has been one of key innovators driving the growth of digital payments in India over the last decade, and his experience will help us maximise the impact and scale of payments on WhatsApp".
Mahatme joins WhatsApp from Amazon where he spent close to seven years as Director and Board member of Amazon Pay India and led product, engineering, and growth teams. He also has 17 years of experience in digital financial services and payments across Citibank, Airtel Money etc.
“Payments on WhatsApp is uniquely placed to be a significant partner in the country’s growth agenda by making digital payments accessible to users across the length and breadth of India and I am super excited to be a part of this growth story," shared Mahatme on his appointment.
WhatsApp has been on the rise in India and is supporting the government in driving financial inclusion through UPI and other digital payments. It will be interesting to see how Whatsapp proceeds towards the new markets under Mahatme’s leadership.