Sheryl Sandberg leaves Meta’s board of directors

Sheryl Sandberg She said on Wednesday that she would not run for re-election to Meta’s board of directors in May, ending her 14 1/2-year run in a formal role at the social networking company.

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

“Meta’s 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, Meta’s chief executive and founder, said Ms 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.

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

Ms. Sandberg became one of the highest-profile female executives in business, eventually writing a best-selling book, “Lean In,” about her experiences.

But he also faced criticism during one of Facebook’s most tumultuous periods. Russians manipulated the company’s platforms to spread disinformation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and its privacy and data collection practices have attracted regulatory scrutiny.