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Meta's Public Policy Chief, WhatsApp's Head in India Resign

Wed 16 Nov 2022 | 06:45 PM
Omnia Ahmed

WhatsApp’s India head Abhijit Bose and Director of Public Policy Meta India Rajiv Aggarwal resigned from their positions, a week after Meta's biggest layoffs.

“I want to thank Abhijit Bose for his tremendous contributions as our first Head of WhatsApp in India,” Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, said in a statement. "His entrepreneurial drive helped our team deliver new services that have benefited millions of people and businesses."

Aggarwal has decided to step down “to pursue another opportunity”, the company stated. 

“Over the last year, he has played an important role in leading our policy-led initiatives in areas such as user safety, privacy, and scaling up programs like GOAL to drive digital inclusion in the country. He has also been leading proactive engagement with critical policy and regulatory stakeholders,” the note read.

The company is appointing Shivnath Thukral as Director, Public Policy for Meta in India. " We are also announcing the appointment of Shivnath Thukral as our Director, Public Policy for Meta in India. Shivnath has been an integral part of our Public Policy team since 2017.

A week ago, Meta laid off more than 11,000 workers (13% of total staff), CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees.

“I’m sharing some of the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history,” Zuckerberg said in a letter to staff.

The mass layoffs, the first in Meta's 18-year history, follow Twitter's decision to lay off ‘thousands’ of employees last week.

Zuckerberg pointed out that he had anticipated rapid growth even after the COVID-19 pandemic ended.

“Unfortunately, this did not play out the way I expected,” he said in his letter. "I got this wrong, and I take responsibility for that.”

The CEO elaborated: “Not only has online commerce returned to prior trends, but the macroeconomic downturn, increased competition, and ads signal loss have caused our revenue to be much lower than I’d expected."