Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg joins its board of directors

26 Jun 2012

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg

Social networking giant Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has joined the company’s board of directors in a move that makes her Facebook’s first female director.

“Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” said Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“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.”

Sandberg, who oversees Facebook’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications, said she feels lucky to be part of a company that is having a profound impact on the world.

“Facebook is working every day to make the world more open and connected,” Sandberg said. “It’s a mission that I’m deeply passionate about.”

Sandberg also serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day.

In addition to Sandberg and Zuckerberg, other members of Facebook’s board are 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.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic