Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announces resignation from company

A major shakeup of Facebook’s leadership team was announced this week that could potentially cause additional substantial changes in the future for the popular social media platform.

Facebook’s longtime Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg revealed Wednesday that she will soon resign from that leadership role, though she would continue to serve on the platform’s board of directors, The Hill reported.

Sandberg deserves much of the credit for helping to transform Facebook from a small start-up company to a massive global corporate power, as well as perhaps some of the responsibility for the broad impact the social media platform has had on society, both good and bad.

Time to move on

In a message posted to Facebook Wednesday afternoon, Sandberg wrote, “Today, I am sharing the news that after 14 years, I will be leaving Meta,” the new name of the broader parent company that was once known solely as Facebook.

She went on at length to reminisce about when she first met the founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and some of the highs and lows of the early days of building up the small platform to what it has now become and said it had been an “honor and privilege of a lifetime” to work beside him for so many years.

Sandberg also issued high praise for many of her other colleagues as well as the countless people she has met around the globe as part of her job.

“When I took this job in 2008, I hoped I would be in this role for five years. Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life,” she wrote. “I am not entirely sure what the future will bring — I have learned no one ever is. But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women.”

“Over the next few months, Mark and I will transition my direct reports and I will leave the company this fall. I still believe as strongly as ever in our mission, and I am honored that I will continue to serve on Meta’s board of directors,” Sandberg concluded.

Zuckerberg announces replacements for Sandberg

In what appears to have been a coordinated move, Zuckerberg posted a statement of his own to Facebook just moments after Sandberg had announced her impending resignation and 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.”

He, too, waxed poetic about the early days of the business and expressed his gratitude for the role Sandberg had played in helping the company grow while also teaching him the ins and outs of being a successful business leader.

“I’m going to miss running this company with Sheryl. But I’m glad that she’ll continue to serve on our board of directors so we can benefit from her wisdom and experience even after she transitions out of her day-to-day management role in the coming months,” Zuckerberg added.

The Facebook/Meta CEO noted that he would appoint Javier Olivian as the next COO for Meta, but also detailed how Olivian would serve in a more limited and “traditional” role while other responsibilities that Sandberg had accumulated over time would be distributed out among several other top executives in the company, suggesting that Sandberg is irreplaceable by any one individual and, despite her title of COO, had performed a wide range of valuable duties during her tenure that will soon end.

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