Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Mar. 4, 2008 — Facebook today announced that Sheryl Sandberg will join the company as Chief Operating Officer starting Mar. 24, 2008. As COO, Sandberg will be responsible for helping Facebook scale its operations and expand its presence globally. Sandberg will manage sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications and will report directly to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Sandberg joins Facebook after six years at Google, where she served as Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations. In that role, she built and managed Google’s online sales channels, which represent the majority of Google’s customers worldwide, for both AdWords and AdSense. Sandberg also managed global operations for Google’s consumer products. In addition, Sandberg was instrumental in launching Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. Prior to Google, Sandberg was Chief of Staff to the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton.
“Sheryl is a great manager who will help scale Facebook's operations globally,” said Zuckerberg. “She has relevant experience and a track record of scaling business operations and building new kinds of advertising networks. Sheryl understands Facebook’s goal of connecting everyone in the world and is passionate about building a business that will enable us to realize this mission.”
“I have learned so much during my time at Google, and I’ve loved working with the people there,” said Sandberg. “Together, with Mark and the great team at Facebook, we’ll be able to scale this company into a global leader and enable Facebook users worldwide to communicate and share information better. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Sandberg received a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their two children.