After Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen could Neeraj Arora be next the Indian to head WhatsApp? Recently, Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, decided to leave the company following the alleged disagreement with Facebook over the privacy of user data. “It’s been almost a decade since Brian (Acton) and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people,” Koum said in the post.”But it is time for me to move on.” Koum said in a post on his Facebook page that he is taking time off to pursue interests such as collecting air-cooled Porsches, working on cars and playing ultimate Frisbee.
Here are 5 points to tell you more about Neeraj Arora, who is likely to head WhatsApp amid the controversy of privacy of data user.
- Neeraj Arora is currently head of “All Things Business” at WhatsApp and is based in San Francisco Bay Area. He is an IIT-D and Indian School of Business (ISB) alumnus.
- He has been working with WhatsApp for seven years and joined the company before Facebook acquired WhatsApp.
- He is a former Google corporate development manager. He joined Google in 2007 and was responsible for acquisitions and strategic investments across products and geographies.
- Arora started his career with a cloud solutions company called Accellion in 2000. After Accellion he completed MBA in Finance and Strategy from ISB in 2006 and joined Times Internet Limited for the period of 18 months.
Arora played an important role in acquisitions of Zagat, Dailydeal.de, Slide, Picnik, Cleversense, PittPatt and Talkbin. He also part of the board member team of Paytm.
- ISB alumnus also recently instituted a perpetual merit-cum-need based scholarship for a woman student of its Post Graduate Programme in Management. “My alma mater holds a special place in my life — not only did I learn a lot, I also became part of a network that I have relied on and benefitted from, over the years. So to make the school even stronger, I would like to give back and will continue to do so in the coming years,” Arora said.
With Inputs from PTI