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WhatsApp scouts for India head

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Messaging app is scouting for a full-time hire to lead its operations in India, its largest market globally.

The individual will lead the company's operations in India, "including products for people and businesses along with our interest in peer to peer payments," a job advertisement on WhatsApp's website.

has over one billion users globally. is the largest market for the company with over 200 million monthly active users as of February 2017.

"This is a senior leadership position that requires product experience as well as a track record of success leading partnerships and business development in This leader will need to build a and engineering teams to influence direction and to effectively represent WhatsApp's long term strategy," it added.

The development comes at a time when is rolling out its UPI-based payments service in Unified Payments Interface (UPI) allows users to make easily using a virtual ID.

WhatsApp's payment service has been criticised by rival Paytm, whose founder had alleged that the Facebook-owned company's platform has security risks for consumers and is not in compliance with the guidelines.

There have also been concerns around privacy of user information, following the global data breach at its parent company. WhatsApp has, however, defended itself, saying it collects very little data and that every single message is end-to-end encrypted.

Apart from being a "heavy user of WhatsApp's products", WhatsApp is looking for a candidate with over 15 years of experience in product-driven companies and more than 5 years of experience with in India.

The position is based in and the chosen will report to WhatsApp's in

A key responsibility, according to the post, will be to lead partnership efforts in market, "acting as a cross functional leader across WhatsApp and teams".

Besides, WhatsApp is also looking for in India, who can create and implement a for India to support the brand as well as the growth of the app amongst consumers and businesses.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 15:40 IST