Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has joined the company’s board of directors. She becomes the first female board member at the social networking powerhouse, which went public last month in the biggest Internet IPO of all time.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
Prior to joining Facebook, Sandberg worked at Google and served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton. In a statement, she said that she feels “fortunate to be part of a company that is having such a profound impact in the world.”
In addition to Facebook, Sandberg serves on the boards of the The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day. She previously served on the board of Starbucks.
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.
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