The departures follow the departure of Meta`s Indian boss, Ajit Mohan, who resigned this month after four years in the post to join rival Snap Inc (SNAP. Meta India`s latest high-profile departures come weeks after Meta India CEO Ajit Mohan resigned earlier this month A week after Meta`s biggest layoffs, Abhijit Bose, head of WhatsApp India, and Rajiv Aggarwal, director of public policy at Meta India, have resigned from their posts. Shivnath Thukral, Director of WhatsApp Public Policy in India, has been appointed Director of Public Policy for all meta-brands in India. NEW DELHI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The head of WhatsApp in India, Abhijit Bose, and Meta Platforms Inc. (META. India`s director of public policy, Rajiv Aggarwal, has resigned, a meta-spokesperson said Tuesday. The main responsibilities of the Deputy General Counsel, whose position corresponds to the country`s General Counsel, will be to manage a portfolio of disputes, including litigation arising from regulatory matters, intellectual property, confidentiality, integrity, telecommunications and encryption. According to WhatsApp, the role could include the flexibility to adapt to changing organizational priorities and needs, among others. WhatsApp`s head in India, Abhijit Bose, and Meta`s head of public policy for the country, Rajiv Aggarwal, both left the social networking company just days after Meta India CEO Ajit Mohan left the company to join rival Snap. A few months ago, WhatsApp`s head of Indian payment business, Manesh Mahatme, also resigned to join Amazon India.
Chandra had been general counsel at Netflix since March 2018 — which recently added an internal IP vertical with Priyanka Chaudhari — after leaving Snapdeal. Last week, Meta cut about 11,000 jobs worldwide. Ajit Mohan, the head of Meta in India, resigned from his post earlier this month. He joined Snap as President of the Asia Pacific region. Between 2005 and 2010, he served as Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary at eBay India, then joined Star TV Network as Assistant Legal Vice President until 2012, Reliance Jio Infocomm as Vice President and General Counsel (Media and Technology) until 2014 and Snapdeal as Group Legal Counsel from 2014 to 2017. The head of WhatsApp India, Abhijit Bose, and the director of public policy of Meta India, Rajiv Aggarwal, have resigned from their respective positions, Meta announced in a statement on Tuesday (November 15th). Netflix`s Ashish Chandra gets first and best legal job at WhatsApp India Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to be adapting after the government`s recent warning about the messaging platform`s inability to curb the spread of fake news. After some hesitation, the brass platform on Monday appointed Komal Lahiri as India`s complaints commissioner. The company is now also looking for its Indian General Counsel to advise it on „regulatory and procedural” matters. Ashish Chandra, General Counsel of Netflix India, has joined WhatsApp as Associate General Counsel (GC) India, making him the messaging giant`s first in-house legal counsel in India. A large population and growing internet penetration have made India one of the most important markets for meta. However, the company is embroiled in regulatory and legal issues in the country as the Indian government tries to rein in social media platforms and big tech companies.
Meta recently launched massive layoffs and announced a 13% reduction in the global workforce that will affect more than 11,000 employees. „I would like to thank Abhijit Bose for his extraordinary contributions as the first head of WhatsApp in India. His entrepreneurial drive has helped our team deliver new services that have benefited millions of individuals and businesses. There is so much more WhatsApp can do for India and we look forward to continuing to help drive India`s digital transformation,” Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, said in a statement. The role will certainly be difficult and busy as it faces high-profile legal challenges on issues such as payments and privacy before the Supreme Court. The position is believed to match the country`s chief legal officer, although companies in India usually have a senior legal advisor as the highest legal position.