Co-Founder Brian Acton Is Bidding Farewell to WhatsApp

Brian Acton had been with the messaging app for eight years

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the messaging application sector for the nonprofit sector.

Acton, who had been with WhatsApp for eight years, announced in a Facebook post: “I 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 nonprofit 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.”

A spokesperson for Facebook told Kurt Wagner of Recode that Acton’s role at WhatsApp will not be filled by a single employee. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.