may hire former Paytm
vice president, Amit Lakhotia
for the position of WhatsApp's Payment Services
in India. The position became vacant after Neeraj Arora
resigned to start his own fund service venture in the US.
Apparently, during his visit to India, WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels
, had interviewed prospective candidates for the position. He also interviewed Amazon financial services' Sriraman Jagannathan
, but he decided to keep his options open and not take up the job.Neeraj Arora
, who resigned from the post of head of WhatsApp payments
in India was supposed to help in hiring for the same role before he left. Amit Lakhotia
who is expected to take up the top position at WhatsApp India
had quit Paytm
India is one of the biggest markets of WhatsApp
and the company wants to utilise it by introducing a new UPI based payment service. The payment service is only available on trial basis as of now because it has not received government and RBI’s approval for the official launch. WhatsApp
and its parent company Facebook’s, involvement in data scandals have further delayed the launch of the payment service
. WhatsApp had recently faced backlash as its platform was used to send fake messages that lead to mob lynching in some states in India.