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Sheryl Sandberg will leave Meta's board of directors| GuyWhoKnowsThings

Sheryl Sandberg saying Wednesday that he would not run for re-election to Meta's board of directors in May, ending his 14-and-a-half-year career in a formal position at the social media company.

Sandberg had remained on the nine-seat board of directors after lower as Meta's chief operating officer in 2022. In a post on her personal Facebook page on Wednesday, she said she would remain an advisor to the company and would “always be there to help the Meta teams.”

“The Meta business is strong and well positioned for the future, so it seems like the right time to step away,” he wrote.

In a comment on his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Meta, said Sandberg had been “instrumental” in driving his company's success. She was elected to Facebook's board of directors in 2012when the company was criticized for having too few women on its board of directors.

Zuckerberg hired Sandberg in 2008, when the company was still known as Facebook, to become its first chief operating officer. She oversaw Facebook's initial move into digital advertising, courting big brands and small businesses to expand it into a multibillion-dollar effort.

Sandberg became one of the most high-profile executives in the business world and eventually wrote a best-selling book, “Lean In,” about her experience.

But he also faced criticism during one of Facebook's most tumultuous periods. The Russians manipulated the company's platforms to spread misinformation in the 2016 US presidential election, and its privacy and data collection practices attracted regulatory scrutiny.

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