Sheryl Sandberg to step down as COO of Facebook-parent Meta2022-06-01 18:18 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Meta
Sheryl Sandberg, the No. 2 executive at Facebook-owner Meta, is stepping down, according to a post Wednesday on her Facebook page. Sandberg has served as chief operating officer at the social media giant for 14 years. She joined from Google in 2008, four years before Facebook went public.
Sandberg is the most recognizable figure at Facebook next to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. In 2008, the CEO was only 23-years-old when he poached Sandberg from search giant Google where, at 38, she managed the team handling nearly all of its advertising globally. Her mission at Facebook was roughly the same - to help scale up a company that had yet to pull in over $200 million in annual revenue and help Facebook’s eponymous platform reach a wider, global audience.
"The debate around social media has changed beyond recognition since those early days. To say it hasn't always been easy is an understatement," Sandberg wrote. "But it should be hard. The products we make have a huge impact, so we have the responsibility to build them in a way that protects privacy and keeps people safe."
Sandberg will be replaced as COO by Javier Olivan, the company's chief growth officer, but his role will differ from the work Sandberg did for the company, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.
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