Sheryl Sandberg has been an integral part of Facebook’s growth globally in the last 14 years. The woman, who helped Mark Zuckerberg transform Facebook into one of the most imposing social media brands in the world, has decided to sever ties with Facebook. Sandberg, who held the post of the chief operating officer at Facebook’s parent company Meta, has announced in a Facebook post that she was leaving the company ahead of her second marriage, scheduled for this summer.
In an emotional note, Sandberg wrote, “Today, I am sharing the news that after 14 years, I will be leaving Meta. When I first met Mark, I was not really looking for a new job – and I could have never predicted how meeting him would change my life. We were at a holiday party at Daniel L Rosensweig’s house. I was introduced to Mark as I walked in the door, and we started talking about his vision for Facebook. I had tried The Facebook, as it was first called, but still thought the internet was a largely anonymous place to search for funny pictures. Mark’s belief that people would put their real selves online to connect with other people was so mesmerizing that we stood by that door and talked for the rest of the night. I told Dan later that I got a new life at that party but never got a single drink, so he owed me one.”
Sandberg, who previously worked at Google join Zuckerberg, then a 23-year-old Harvard dropout, when the idea of Facebook was at its nascent stage. She said that she had not expected her to last more than five years in the organisation. In the last 14 years, Sandberg helped Zuckerberg transform Facebook’s advertising business into a profit powerhouse. It was during her tenure that Facebook expanded its operations to add three new platforms namely Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Read her statement in her post below;
Reacting to the news of Sandberg’s departure, Zuckerberg wrote, “It’s the end of an era. After 14 years, my good friend and partner Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down as COO of Meta.
When Sheryl joined me in 2008, I was only 23 years old and I barely knew anything about running a company. We’d built a great product — the Facebook website — but we didn’t yet have a profitable business and we were struggling to transition from a small startup to a real organization. Sheryl architected our ads business, hired great people, forged our management culture, and taught me how to run a company. She created opportunities for millions of people around the world, and she deserves the credit for so much of what Meta is today.”
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Sandberg, who lost her husband Dave Goldberg in 2015, is getting married again to Tom Bernthal this summer.
Speaking about her to-be second husband, Sandberg had recently said, “When Dave died, I could barely imagine dating again, much less getting married.”
52-year-old executive had added, “I distinctly remember tucking the kids into bed and sitting by myself at the kitchen table where Dave and I once played countless games of Scrabble together. I’d picture myself at that table, alone, for the rest of my life.”
She said that it was her late husband’s brother, Rob, who wanted her to meet his friend Tom. Recalling that incident, Sandberg had said, “He (Rob) just knew I had to meet you, his ‘good friend Tom.’ When I shook your hand for the first time, I had no clue that you would be the one to change my life.”
Meanwhile, it’s been announced that Javier Olivan, currently Meta’s chief growth officer, will replace her when she leaves.