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Ex-Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg leaving tech titan’s board after 12 years: ‘Right time to step away’

Former Meta chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg announced on Wednesday that she is leaving the corporate’s board of directors.

“With a heart stuffed with gratitude and a mind stuffed with memories, I let the Meta board know that I won’t stand for reelection this May,” Sandberg said in a press release.

“After I left my role as COO, I remained on the board to assist ensure a successful transition. Under Mark’s leadership, Javi Olivan, Justin Osofsky, Nicola Mendelsohn, and their teams have proven beyond a doubt that the Meta business is robust and well-positioned for the long run, so this looks like the suitable time to step away. Going forward, I’ll function an advisor to the corporate, and I’ll all the time be there to assist the Meta teams.”

Sandberg, the founding father of “Lean In” and former chief operating officer of Facebook, joined the social media giant in 2008 after spending nearly seven years at Google. In 2012, she became a board member at the corporate.

Sandberg announced her departure from Meta in mid-2022, following multiple controversies that plagued the corporate and tarnished its repute amongst users, lawmakers and investors. 

The company has also been the topic of antitrust investigations and was scrutinized for its lack of effort to combat hate on its platform.

“Serving as Facebook’s – after which Meta’s – COO for 14 ½ years and a board member for 12 years has been the chance of a lifetime. I’ll all the time be grateful to Mark for believing in me and for his partnership and friendship; he’s that really once-in-a-generation visionary leader and he’s equally amazing as a friend who stays by your side through the nice times and the bad,” Sandberg continued.

Sheryl Sandberg stepped down as chief operating officer in 2022. AP
Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg at Sun Valley Conference in 2021. Getty Images
Sandberg said she is going to remain an advisor to the corporate Christopher Sadowski

“I’ll all the time be grateful to my colleagues and teammates at Meta for all of the years of working side by side and all they taught me. And I’m particularly grateful to my fellow Meta board members for his or her lasting friendships, the guidance they provided me for therefore a few years, and their stewardship of products that mean a lot to people all around the world.”

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