Tech: WhatsApp’s chief business officer is the latest exec to leave Facebook (FB)

Neeraj Arora is the latest in a long line of senior executives to leave Facebook as the company lurches from scandal to scandal.

  • WhatsApp’s chief business officer Neeraj Arora is quitting.
  • He’s the latest in a long line of senior execs to quit Facebook, from the cofounders of Instagram to Oculus.
  • Arora’s departure follows ugly clashes between WhatsApp’s cofounders and Facebook leadership.
  • He says he plans to spent time with his family.

The chief business officer of WhatsApp is leaving, the latest in a line of high-level departures at Facebook and its associated apps.

Neeraj Arora, a seven-year veteran of the encrypted messaging app, announced on Facebook on Monday that he was stepping down, saying he planned to spend more time with his family.

“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,” he wrote. “I’m going to be taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family.”

Arora’s exit comes as Facebook lurches from scandal to scandal, and in the wake of a number of high-profile executive exits. Earlier this year the two cofounders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, left the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, and Oculus cofounder Brendan Iribe made his exit in October.

WhatsApp has proved particularly contentious for Facebook. WhatsApp’s cofounder and CEO Jan Koum bailed out in April 2018, reportedly as a result of privacy concerns. And in September, WhatsApp’s other cofounder, Brian Acton, went public with allegations of fiery clashes with Facebook’s leadership over monetization. (He has also previously called on people to #DeleteFacebook.)

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