Resignation of WhatsApp India Head
Resignation of WhatsApp India Head: Public Policy Director of Meta India also stepped down, and new responsibility to Shivnath Thakral
WhatsApp's India Head Abhijit Bose and Meta India's Public Policy Director Rajeev Agarwal have resigned from their posts. Shivnath Thakral, Director of WhatsApp Public Policy in India, has now been made Public Policy Director for all Meta brands in India.
This development comes after Meta recently laid off about 11,000 people worldwide in its biggest layoff ever. Earlier this month, India's meta head Ajit Mohan resigned from his position.
WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart said in a statement, “I would like to thank Abhijit Bose, our first head of WhatsApp in India, for his tremendous contribution. His entrepreneurial drive helped our team in delivering innovative service.
Millions of people and businesses have benefited from this. WhatsApp can do a lot more for India and we are excited to help drive India's digital transformation.” Now a person will be appointed in place of Bose soon.
Bose also announced his resignation on LinkedIn, saying that he is excited about his next job. He said, “After a short break, I am planning to re-enter the entrepreneurial world. I had planned to step down some time ago, but given the events of last week, I wanted to focus on supporting those who have been affected.
The company said that Rajeev Agarwal, Public Policy Director, Meta India, has decided to step down for the second opportunity. Over the past year, he has been instrumental in leading our policy-led initiatives in areas such as enhancing user safety, and privacy and programs like GOAL to drive digital inclusion in the country.
Thakral has been a television journalist and has been part of the public policy team since 2017 before focusing on WhatsApp. Manish Chopra, Director, of Partnerships, India, said that in his new role, Thakral will be Public Policy Director for Meta Apps in India – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Recently, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram's parent company Meta Platforms Inc. fired 11,000 of its employees. For the first time in the company's 18-year history, such a large number of employees have been laid off. The announcement was made by the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to lay off the employees. He attributed this to the fall in revenue due to wrong decisions.
Mark had said, 'Today I'm going to share some of the toughest decisions I've made in the history of Meta. We have decided to cut our team size by about 13%. With this, more than 11 thousand talented employees will get jobs. We are taking steps to become a more efficient company by cutting costs and extending the hiring freeze till Q1.