WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton said on Tuesday that he is leaving the company and plans to start his own non-profit organisation as per a report in Recode.
Making the announcement to colleagues at a WhatsApp meeting at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday, Acton later posted the news to his Facebook page.
Acton is one of the co-founders of the company along with Jan Koum and was working with Facebook when WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion in 2014.
According to a company spokesperson, no one person will replace him in his role.
As per a source close to the company, he led WhatsAppâ€™s push into encryption and was in charge of engineering internally for the company, the report says.
â€śI am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about. I've decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute. I'll have more to share in the coming months.â€ť
Actonâ€™s departure comes at a time when WhatsApp is not currently generating any revenue and plans to hire for a number of key positions.