Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp will leave the company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.
Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009.
He worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.
“After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life.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 non-profit focused at the intersection of non-profit, 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. This decision is, of course, a tough one. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it’s humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day”, he said.