Jan Koum, Co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, speaks during a Keynote conference as part of the first day of the Mobile World Congress at the Fira Gran Via complex in Barcelona, Spain on February 24, 2014. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the world's largest communication companies, the show runs from the 24 to 27 February. Photo by Manuel Blondeau/AOP.Press/Corbis (Photo by AOP.Press/Corbis via Getty Images)
WhatsApp chief executive Jan Koum has resigned from the company after reported differences with the parent company, Facebook.
Neeraj Arora has worked with Google and took care of acquisitions and strategic for the internet search giant. Reports suggest that he played a major role in the acquisitions of Picnik, Cleversense Zagat, Dailydeal.de, Slide, PittPatt and Talkbin.

 

It took around 18 years for Arora to be a potential CEO candidate for the world’s most popular messaging app- WhatsApp. He started his career with cloud solution company Accellion in the year 2000 after graduating from IIT-Delhi. Reports suggest that “he was one of the earliest engineers at the company, building pieces of the core technology.”

According to a news report in The Washington Post, Koum has been frequenting the WhatsApp offices less on Facebook’s campus in Silicon Valley. Among other issues, the idea of WhatsApp Payments and WhatsApp for Business – both big bets in India – are said to have not gone down too well with Koum.

Now, the question is who will be the next CEO of WhatsApp? If news reports are to be believed, the next potential CEO of WhatsApp could be an Indian—Neeraj Arora. While there is very little known about Arora in media reports, here are six things to know about the next potential WhatsApp CEO.

Neeraj Arora is the head of “All Things Business” at WhatsApp in San Francisco Bay area for the last seven years. If insider sources are to be believed, Arora is considered as the “number 4” person at WhatsApp.

Neeraj Arora is an IIT-Delhi pass-out. After his bachelors he did MBA in Finance and Strategy in 2006 at the Indian School of Business. If Arora becomes the CEO of WhatsApp, then he will join other big Indian names in the Silicon Valley like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
After his stint with Accellion, he did his MBA in Finance and Strategy in 2006 from the Indian School of Business and had joined Times Internet Limited (TIL). Arora worked with TIL for 18 months.
Arora has also served as a board member of Paytm.

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