Sheryl Sandberg, who served as the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. for 14 years, is stepping down from the post.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, she wrote, “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, however, did not say what she planned to do.
Who is Sheryl Sandberg?
Born on August 28, 1969, in Washington, DC. Sheryl Sandberg studied economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She went on to receive a master’s in business administration from Harvard in 1995.
After receiving her master’s degree, Sandberg joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she worked from 1995 to 1996. She then worked as chief of staff to then US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
She joined Google as general manager of its business unit in 2001 and soon became the vice president of global online sales and operations.
Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008, four years before the company went public. Her advertising strategy for Facebook helped the company to become profitable, and her close partnership with CEO Mark Zuckerberg was seen as an important ingredient in Facebook’s success.
She is the mother of two children. Her husband David Goldberg, the former CEO of Survey Monkey, died of head trauma in 2015 after falling off a treadmill while exercising at a gym.
Two years after her husband’s death, she co-authored the book Option B with her friend and psychologist Adam Grant.
As of 2022, her worth is estimated to be nearly $2 billion and ranks highly on Forbes’ list of influential women.