Facebook made a move to silence critics who complained about the lack of women on its board of directors by adding a familiar name to the group: Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Sandberg wears many hats at the social network, overseeing sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy, and communications, and the only more visible Facebook executive is Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Sandberg joins Zuckerberg on the social network’s board, along with:
- Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz
- Erskine Bowles, president emeritus, University of North Carolina system
- James Breyer, Accel Partners
- Donald Graham, chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Co.
- Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO, Netflix
- Peter Thiel, Founders Fund
She also serves on the boards of Disney, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development, and V-Day.
Prior to joining Facebook, Sandberg served as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google. Before that, she was chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton.
Zuckerberg said in the announcement of Sandberg’s appointment:
Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years. 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. 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.
Readers: Are you surprised it took this long for Sandberg to be added to Facebook’s board?