Jan Koum, Chief Executive Officer of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, has decided to walk out from the company over WhatsApp strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption. So, after the exit of WhatsApp CEO, the Ex-Googler, Neeraj Arora may be the next choice for the position of WhatsApp CEO.
Jan Koum wrote in the post, “I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever, and it’ll continue to do amazing things.” Further, he added, “I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee.”
Rumors said, “one possible candidate for the CEO role would be WhatsApp business executive Neeraj Arora, a former Google corporate development manager who’s been with WhatsApp since 2011.”
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg replied on Koum’s post, “Jan: I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’ve done to help connect the world, and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”
Neeraj Arora is an IIT-D and Indian School of Business alumnus will be in the league of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. In 2000, he was one of the earliest engineers at Accellion, building pieces of the core technology. Neeraj left for the Google in 2007 where he handled acquisitions and strategic investments for global clients. He has been associated with WhatsApp last seven years, also served as a board member for Paytm.