Arora on Tuesday announced his resignation from the post of Chief Business Officer at WhatsApp after seven years with the global messaging company.
Arora, an Indian School of Business (ISB) alumnus and IIT- Delhi alumnus and the number four in the company, was being touted to take over as WhatsApp CEO earlier this year however the role of global head of the company was given to Chris Daniels.
Arora worked with top internet firms including Paytm and Google. He has worked as the Corporate Development Manager at Google for three years after which he had been promoted to the role of a senior member of the Corporate Development Team where he served for a year. He was one of the Board of Directors at Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led PayTm.
He had been with WhatsApp since 2011 and through Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the messaging company in 2014. His exit comes seven months after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum left the company.
In his Facebook post he mentioned :
Time flies for sure but not memories. It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since Jan and Brian got me onboard at WhatsApp, and it has been one hell of a ride!
I've been blessed to work with a small set of talented people and see how maniacal focus can create something magical which is loved by billions of people. It is time to move on, but I cannot be more proud of how WhatsApp continues to touch people in so many different ways every day. I am confident that WhatsApp will continue to be the simple, secure & trusted communication product for years to come.
I'm going to be taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family. I am deeply indebted to Jan and Brian, who entrusted me to be their business companion for so many years and I am thankful to each one of you who has supported me along the way and made this exciting journey possible.