One of the early executives of Whatsapp, Mr. Neeraj Arora has announced his departure from the platform for some personal reasons. He was a chief business officer at Whatsapp. He had joined the platform in 2011and then in 2014, Facebook bought out Whatsapp and so the association of the CEO remained the same for this platform. On Tuesday, 27th November 2018, Neeraj Arora announced the willingness for his resignation and along with that he also thanked his colleagues Brain Acton and Jan Koum. He thinks that it was just because of the support of his colleagues that the platform has reached to such level and is being used by millions of people. Several tech deals happened in past, but the 2014 deal of Whatsapp bought out by Facebook was perhaps the biggest one.
Coming back to the point, Neeraj Arora belonged to Indian School of Business along with his educational background and the strategic moves he could make a perfect vision for enhancing the level of this global messaging company. In his post, he has stated that he wants some time off so that he can spend some time with his family. He is quite positive about the messaging platform and thinks that even in future he expects Whatsapp to be quite simple and secure.
Just last year, it was Brain Acton who had exited the company. One of the other initial employees Koum also made a departure this May. For Koum the exit reasons were quite open. There used to be clashes between Zuckerberg and him. Some tension also remained between Koum and Sheryl Sandberg at that time and these could be the reasons along with the privacy scandal too for the departure of the early employees who had the major roles to play to bring the platform where it is today.
Apart from these exits, this year even Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom and another early employee Mike Krieger had left Facebook. It seems that the privacy scandal that had come up had a role to play for such exits.