Sheryl Sandberg Joins Facebook Board Of Directors -- The First And Only Woman To Do SoJun-26-2012
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to Facebook's seven-person board of directors, making her the first and only woman to join the board.
Sandberg has served as COO of Facebook since joining the company in 2008 and, as head of all business operations, has helped oversee its growth and shepherd the company to its public offering earlier this year. Sandberg's appointment follows growing outcry over the company's all-male board.
"Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said 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."
In an 2011 interview, Zuckerberg noted he was grateful to Sandberg for "handl[ing] things I don't want to," such as human resources, marketing, and other management tasks.
Sandberg has been an outspoken advocate for women in the workplace, encouraging women in TED talks, commencement addresses and internal Facebook events to "lean in" to their careers and demand a "seat at the table."
Yet Sandberg, until Monday, was denied a seat on Facebook's board. When pressed by New Yorker writer Ken Auletta to explain the lack of women on Facebook's all-male board, Zuckerberg noted his company has a "very small board," adding, "I'm going to find people who are helpful, and I don't particularly care what gender they are or what company they are. I'm not filling the board with check boxes."
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