Facebook adds COO Sheryl Sandberg to board of directors

Facebook announced today that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has joined the company’s board of directors.

As COO, Sandberg is already instrumental in leading Facebook, particularly in areas of sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. She has become a trusted partner of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and played a crucial role in helping Facebook better monetize since joining the company in 2008.

Sandberg’s appointment could reduce some of the criticism Facebook has received in the past for having an all-male board of directors. Sandberg joins Zuckerberg; Marc Andreessen, of Andreessen Horowitz; Erskine B. Bowles, president emeritus of University of North Carolina system; James W. Breyer of Accel Partners; Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company; Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix; and Peter A. Thiel of Founders Fund.

Before Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, where she similarly took a fledgling Internet company and built it into an advertising powerhouse. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton. She received B.A. and M.B.A degrees from Harvard University. Sandberg also serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day. She previously sat on the board for Starbucks. Sandberg is also a well-known advocate for gender equality, having spoken about women’s issues at TED and Barnard College, among other events.

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    [...] Facebook Adds COO Sheryl Sandberg to Board of Directors (Inside Facebook) Facebook announced Monday that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has joined the company’s board of directors. All Facebook Sandberg wears many hats at the social network, overseeing sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy, and communications, and the only more visible Facebook executive is Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself. Facebook Newsroom “Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” said Zuckerberg. “Her understanding of our mission and long-term opportunity, and her experience both at Facebook and on public company boards makes her a natural fit for our board.” The Hill Sandberg was a vice president at Google before joining Facebook in 2008. She also served as chief of staff for Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers under former President Clinton. Forbes Given the pressure that’s been on Facebook to increase diversity on its board, Sandberg’s appointment does not come as a total surprise to the tech community. Buzzfeed Shift Two groups, The California State Teachers’ Retirement System and a feminist organization called UltraViolet, have been very vocal over the past few months in trying to convince Facebook to add a woman to its board. The Next Web When people freaked out Monday because Facebook started dropping a @facebook.com email address into your “About” section on your Timeline, we didn’t flinch. Facebook told us about this feature in April. All Facebook Facebook abruptly pulled its new find friends nearby feature, first reported Sunday, which listed users of the social network who were also logged into the application’s page. Did the threat of a lawsuit have anything to do with it? [...]

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