Sheryl Sandberg to Leave Meta After Fourteen Years

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Jun 02, 2022

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Sandberg said on Wednesday that she will leave her position in the autumn.

Fourteen Years as COO

Sheryl Sandberg has announced that she will leave Facebook parent company Meta Platforms. She has served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the last 14 years.

Sandberg announced her resignation in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday: “When I took this job in 2008, I hoped that I would be in this role for five years,” she wrote. “Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life.”

Her post detailed the circumstances that led to her accepting the COO role and her journey through the years.

The End of an Era

CEO Mark Zuckerberg thanked Sandberg in an emotional farewell message for what she brought to the Big Tech company.

“The end of an era. In the 14 years we’ve worked together, you designed our ad business, hired great people, forged our management culture, and taught me how to run a company,” he wrote, “I am going to miss working alongside you every day, but I am grateful to have you as a lifelong friend.”

Sandberg’s Legacy

Following six years at Google, Sheryl Sandberg joined Facebook in its fourth year. She immediately took over building monetization and helped to turn it into one of the world’s biggest companies.

She has been a visible face for a company that has encountered praise, scrutiny, and intense criticism. For example, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the tech giant’s role in the January 6th, 2021, breach of the US Capitol.

More recently, Facebook has rebranded to Meta. The company turns its focus to playing a vital role in implementing the metaverse.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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