Manish Mahatme, the former director of Amazon Pay in India, was named director of WhatsApp Payments for the country on Monday. ANI reported.
In this position, Mahatme plans to enrich the payment experience for users and to work on expanding its service offerings.
“Payments to WhatsApp are uniquely positioned to be a major partner in the country’s growth agenda by bringing digital payments to users across India,” Mahatme reportedly said.
His role with the social media company also includes removing various regulatory hurdles that have reportedly hampered the growth of WhatsApp’s payments business. In particular, Mahatme will have to work on increasing WhatsApp Pay, despite the National Payments Corporation of India’s current limit of 20 million on the service’s user base.
Prior to his appointment as head of WhatsApp’s digital payments division, Mahatme was a director and board member of Amazon Pay, where he led the platform’s product, development and growth efforts.
As an alumnus of BITS Pilani (electronics) and SP Jain, Mumbai (management), Mahatme has more than 17 years of experience in the digital financial services and payments sector, including previous positions at Citibank and Airtel Money.
WhatsApp’s payment system was started in India with a big delay last year, and when it was finally launched the WhatsApp Pay user base was limited to 20 million users from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).