In a surprise move, Meta Platforms chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg announced on June 1 that she will be leaving the company after 14 years.
In a Facebook post, Sandberg, who was instrumental in growing the social media platform to the level it is at now, said that it was time for her to move on.
“When I took this job in 2008, I hoped I would be in this role for five years. Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life,” she wrote.
Chief growth officer Javier Olivan will be taking over from Sandberg, according to chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg in a separate Facebook post. He added that he has no plans to replace Sandberg’s role directly within the company’s existing structure.
“I think Meta has reached the point where it makes sense for our product and business groups to be more closely integrated, rather than having all the business and operations functions organized separately from our products,” he said.
After 14 years in the company, Sandberg’s departure will certainly be felt in the company. However, considering how influential she is, it’s clear that this will probably not be the last that we hear of Sandberg.
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