Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down from Meta Board of Directors After 12 Years, Marking the End of an Era

San Francisco, CA – Sheryl Sandberg, the former Chief Operating Officer of Meta, is stepping down from the company’s board of directors after 12 years. Sandberg played a pivotal role in transforming the social media giant into one of the most successful digital-advertising businesses in the world. Her departure comes amidst financial challenges, including layoffs and revenue losses.

Since Sandberg’s departure as COO in 2022, Meta has undergone significant changes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has implemented restructuring measures, leading to the reduction of thousands of employees. The company has shifted its focus towards generative artificial intelligence and virtual-reality-powered services, diverting attention from its original Facebook app.

In a Facebook post, Sandberg expressed gratitude and shared her decision not to seek reelection to the Meta board. She plans to continue serving as an advisor to the company. Javier Olivan, a longstanding Meta executive, has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Zuckerberg acknowledged Sandberg’s contributions, highlighting her instrumental role in Meta’s success and expressing gratitude for her commitment. He looks forward to the next chapter of their partnership.

During her tenure at Meta, Sandberg faced multiple controversies and was often the face of the company in Washington. She defended the company following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the revelations of Russia using Facebook to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sandberg’s departure from the board comes at a time when the number of prominent female leaders in Silicon Valley is diminishing. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for women’s empowerment in the workplace.

Since leaving her role as COO, Sandberg has become more politically active. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, she announced a $3 million donation to the American Civil Liberties Union to combat abortion restrictions at the state level. Recently, she has spoken out against sexual violence against women during the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Sandberg’s departure marks the end of an era at Meta and raises questions about the future direction of the company.