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WhatsApp appoints Amazon executive Manesh Mahatme as Head of Payments in India

Mahatme spent seven years in Amazon Pay, where he was Director and Board member of Amazon Pay India and led product, engineering, and growth teams.

June 28, 2021 / 08:02 PM IST

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has appointed Amazon Pay executive Manesh Mahatme as Head of Payments in India.

Mahatme will focus on enhancing the payments experience for users, and scaling the service offering in the county, the company said in a statement on June 28.

Prior to this, Mahatme spent seven years in Amazon Pay, where he was 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.

He has 17 years of experience in the digital financial services and payments across Citibank, Airtel Money and Amazon. Manesh graduated from BITS, Pilani (Electronics Engineering) and from SP Jain, Mumbai (Management).

“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, said in the statement.

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“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 Mahatme.



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Swathi Moorthy
first published: Jun 28, 2021 08:02 pm
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