Sacramento: Amid the ongoing controversy over WhatsApp strategy, the CEO of world’s largest messaging platform Jan Koum announced that he will be parting ways with the company.
In an emotional Facebook post, Koum wrote, “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.” Sharing his plans, Koum said that he is taking some time off to do things. “I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee.”
The Ukranian-American had co-founded WhatsApp in 2009 with Brian Acton. Five years later, the duo had sold it to Facebook for a massive $19 billion. Acton, who has already left WhatsApp, has turned into a major Facebook critic in recent times. With Koum’s exit, Facebook is under immense pressure to get things right.
WhatsApp business executive Neeraj Arora, a former Google corporate development manager who’s been with WhatsApp since 2011, has emerged as the leading contender to replace Koum. According to a TechCrunch report, Arora can replace Koum and may be sworn in as new CEO.
Arora is an IIT Delhi and Indian School of Business alumnus. If promoted, he will join the likes of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen – other Indian origin CEOs who are leading their respective companies in the technology market.