WhatsApp executive Neeraj Arora could be elevated to be the next CEO of WhatsApp, as per a report by TechCrunch. The report stated that Neeraj Arora could be "one possible candidate for the CEO role" at the company after founder and CEO Jan Koum stepped down from his position earlier this week.
Koum’s decision to leave the company he founded in 2009 came amidst reports of a clash with its parent, Facebook, over its strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption.
Meanwhile, Neeraj, an IIT Delhi alumnus, and former Google corporate development manager has been at WhatsApp since 2011, much before the Facebook acquisition. He largely manages the business side of the mobile-messaging company. He has also served as a board member for Paytm.
If promoted to the top job at WhatsApp, Neeraj will find himself in the league of Indian-origin CEOs such as Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, who head global tech majors such as Microsoft and Google.
The Facebook-owned messenger app is also in search for its India head. The US-based company is looking for an individual who can lead their India operations which includes products for people and business along with peer to peer payments.
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