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WhatsApp appoints Manesh Mahatme to lead India Payments biz

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 28, 2021

He has about 17 years of experience in digital financial services and payments.

WhatsApp has appointed Manesh Mahatme to lead its Payments business in India.

"As Director WhatsApp Payments - India, Manesh will focus on enhancing the payments experience for users, scaling the service offering and work towards contributing to WhatsApp’s vision of digital and financial inclusion in India," said a press statement.

Manesh brings 17 years of experience in digital financial services and payments across Citibank, Airtel Money and Amazon. He joins WhatsApp from Amazon, where he spent close to seven years as Director and Board member of Amazon Pay India and led product, engineering, and growth teams. He was also instrumental in building and scaling the payment experience and platform for Amazon India’s marketplace business.

Manesh graduated from BITS, Pilani (Electronics Engineering) and SP Jain, Mumbai (Management)

“We are excited to have Manesh join our WhatsApp India team. Manesh has been one of key innovators driving the growth of digital payments in India over the last decade, and his experience will help us maximize the impact and scale of payments on WhatsApp. WhatsApp has immense potential to digitally empower people across segments and help accelerate the Government of India’s efforts to drive financial inclusion through UPI and digital payments,” said Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp in India.

"Payments on WhatsApp is uniquely placed to be a significant partner in the country’s growth agenda by making digital payments accessible to users across the length and breadth of India. I am super excited to be a part of this growth story,” said Manesh Mahatme.

Published on June 28, 2021

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