Abhijit Bose popularly known as ‘Bobby’ among his colleagues has been named as the new head of WhatsApp India. He is the co-founder of Ezetap, a venture-funded company focusing on the mobile payments market. He has been serving as the chief executive since last seven years. Soon, he will be leaving the company to head WhatsApp’s operations in India.
Abhijit Bose’s Career
Mr. Abhijit Bose has had an illustrious career so far spanning seven companies over a period of 25 years. He started out his career as a Manufacturing and Engineering Apprentice at a French-speaking, manufacturing company in rural Switzerland, where he set up machines and manufactured machined parts on the factory floor.
From there he moved up the ladder and served at Oracle Corporation as a Product Management Director, where he was responsible for sales and business development of the communications, media, and utilities markets across the Asia Pacific. After his stint at Oracle, he has also enjoyed the eminent positions of Vice President, and Head of Product at two other companies.
He co-founded ‘Ezetap’ in 2011 with Bhaktha Keshavachar, a Silicon Valley veteran and had been managing his company ever since. His position, now open, will be filled by the current Ezetap CFO Byas Nambisan.
Bose will be responsible for building WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California, based in Gurgaon. This team will focus on helping small and large businesses connect with their customers, WhatsApp said in a statement.
No, Abhijit Bose is not an IIT-IIM graduate!
He did his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (Batch of 1994) and his MBA from Harvard Business School (Batch of 2000).
This hire comes at a time when WhatsApp is facing a series of controversies ranging from misinformation and fake news among others, ahead of the country’s general elections next year. But there is no doubt, he will be capable of leading WhatsApp India from the forefront. Adelina Rusu, his coworker at Siebel elucidates Abhijit Bose as someone with “deep knowledge of the industry quickly established him as the go-to expert for both his colleagues and our customers and partners.”