For the first time ever, a top Facebook executive is co-chairing the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, further cementing the company’s place as a major player on the international stage.
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will co-chair the forum taking place later this month.
Sandberg, a former economist at the World Bank and veteran of the Clinton administration, was interviewed by the forum’s blog and previewed some of this year’s themes.
She talks about the role social media has played in protests in the Middle East to the way consumers shop, and shares her view that, “the wisdom of friends will replace the wisdom of crowds.”
Sandberg touts the success of the Facebook “app economy” in generating more than 200,000 U.S. jobs, and the company’s top apps, such as Zynga and Spotify.
In the past, Facebook has used the meeting of global leaders to test and preview new features. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive officer, and other company representatives have attended the forum, mingling with reporters, analysts and global leaders.
Today, Facebook Live began previewing its lineup of guests who will appear in livestreamed interviews taking place at Davos.
In a post on the Facebook Live events page today, the social network says it will once again interview leaders from business, philanthropy, culture and politics at the event.
Interviewees will include International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington, and New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof.
Users can RSVP on the Facebook Live page to receive