Facebook announced today that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. In her role as COO, Sandberg oversees many critical aspects of Facebook’s day-to-day operations, including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy, and communications.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, praised Sandberg for her integral role in growing the company. “Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” he said. “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.”
Sandberg has been with Facebook since 2008, and is the first woman to be appointed to the Board. Other members include CEO Mark Zuckerberg, financial backers Marc L. Andreessen, James W. Breyer, and Peter A. Thiel, Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and University of North Carolina president emeritus Erskine B. Bowles.
Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg to Its Board of Directors
MENLO PARK, Calif. – June 25, 2012 – Facebook announced today that Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, has joined the company’s board of directors.
Sandberg oversees Facebook’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications.
“Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. “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.”
“Facebook is working every day to make the world more open and connected,” Sandberg said. “It’s a mission that I’m deeply passionate about, and I feel fortunate to be part of a company that is having such a profound impact in the world.”
Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. 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.
Along with Sandberg, Facebook’s current board members are: Mark Zuckerberg; Marc L. Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz; Erskine B. Bowles, president emeritus, University of North Carolina system; James W. Breyer, Accel Partners; Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company; Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO, Netflix; and Peter A. Thiel, Founders Fund.
Founded in February 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.