Last week, Meta announced to fire over 11,000 employees in its biggest round of layoffs ever.
Almost two weeks after Meta India head Ajit Mohan stepped from his position to join rival firm Snap, the company’s India Public Policy lead Rajiv Aggarwal and head of Meta-owned WhatsApp Abhijit Bose have also resigned.
Aggarwal has decided to resign from his current role at Meta to pursue another career opportunity. Shivnath Thukral, a former Director of WhatsApp Public Policy in India, is now appointed as Meta’s Director of Public Policy in India.
Bose, on the other hand, informed on LinkedIn about his resignation and said he plans to join the entrepreneurial world after a small break. “It has been a tough week for all of our team at WhatsApp as we had to say Goodbyes to many amazing teammates last week. Amidst all of this, I just shared some news with our WhatsApp and India teams. It has been planned for a while, but given the events last week, we wanted to hold this back so we could focus on supporting those impacted last week,” he added. Meta is yet to find a replacement for Bose.
Earlier this month, Meta India head Ajit Mohan resigned from his position, after serving for four years, to join rival company Snap where he will lead the company’s Asia Pacific business. The exodus of several top-level employees at the US-based tech firms comes amid the global layoff exercise in these companies.
Last week, Meta announced to fire over 11,000 employees, or almost 13% of its workforce, in its biggest round of layoffs ever. The parent of Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp further announced that it has frozen new hiring. Several other tech giants like Amazon and Twitter have also laid off employees as they prepare for a potential economic downturn amid decades-high inflation.
However, a Meta spokesperson said both exits were unrelated to the current layoffs, Reuters reported.
Elsewhere, the U.S. multinational tech giant has been facing regulatory challenges in the country as the government tightens laws governing tech giants. The company has also, over the past few years, diversified its finances and activities to its much-ambitious metaverse project. WhatsApp, on the other hand, is seeking to ramp up operations to ramp up its payment services amid stiff competition from established players like Google.