Facebooks COO Sheryl Sandberg Leaves After 14 Years

Yesterday afternoon Sheryl Sandberg announced on her Facebook page that she is leaving meta.


  • Sheryl joined facebook in 2008 and has since worked as Marks No. 2.
  • She is credited for pioneering Facebook’s ads business.
  • She will continue to serve on the board.
  • Javier Olivian, the chief growth officer will take over as COO later this year.


you can read her entire post on Facebook here.

sheryl sandberg


Why is she leaving? 

It’s hard to place her exact reasons, but she has a few comments on her Facebook post that talk about how the conversation has changed significantly around social media since she started.


“The debate around social media has changed beyond recognition since those early days. To say it hasn’t always been easy is an understatement.”

“The products we make have a huge impact, so we have the responsibility to build them in a way that protects privacy and keeps people safe.”


What is Next for Sheryl

Sheryl doesn’t seem to be jumping ship to a competitor or starting her own venture. Instead, she seems to be focusing more on her home life and philanthropic work with her foundation.


“I am not entirely sure what the future will bring – I have learned no one ever is. But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women.”

“As Tom and I get married this summer, parenting our expanded family of five children.”



It’s defiantly the end of an era. She has made such a significant impact on the startup industry, whether you realize it or not. If you ever ran Facebook ads, you can thank Sheryl for that.

She also authored the fantastic book Lean In. It’s full of excellent advice for women leaders.

There have been rumors floating around online that she left because meta is falling apart. I don’t believe that at all. It just seems she’s had a long and successful career and wants to pursue other things in life.


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