WhatsApp co-founder leaves the company to start his own NGO

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to kick-off his own non-profit foundation. His role won't be filled by other employee, according to a company spokesperson.

On the other hand, Jan Koum, the other WhatsApp CEO, continues to stay in the company.

The step down was first announced by Action on his own Facebook last Wednesday. "I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life," he said in the Facebook post, adding that he will start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications.

Acton started WhatsApp with Koum in 2009, and led engineering for the company specifically. He joined Facebook in 2014 when the messenging app was acquired for US$19 billion in 2014. Prior to that, Acton was the vice president of engineering at Yahoo.