Inside Sheryl Sandberg’s 14-year Facebook career and Mark Zuckerberg’s advice that got her through her husband’s death

One of Facebook’s top executives has announced that she is stepping down from parent company Meta after 14 years.

Sheryl Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 as number two alongside CEO Mark Zuckerberg and helped transform the social media platform into a multi-billion dollar advertising monster.

Shery Sandberg announced Wednesday that she is retiring from Meta after 14 years

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Shery Sandberg announced Wednesday that she is retiring from Meta after 14 yearsCredit: PA
Since the early days of Facebook, Sandberg has worked closely with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg

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Since the early days of Facebook, Sandberg has worked closely with co-founder Mark ZuckerbergPhoto credit: Getty

Sharing the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday, she wrote, “Today I share the news that I will be leaving Meta after 14 years.

“To sit by Mark’s side for 14 years has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. Mark is a true visionary and a caring leader. He sometimes says we grew up together, and we did.

“When I started this job in 2008, I hoped to hold that role for five years. Fourteen years later, it’s time for me to write the next chapter of my life,” Sandberg wrote. “I’m not exactly sure what the future will hold — I’ve learned that no one ever is.”

Meta announced that Sandberg will remain on the company’s board of directors, while another executive, Javier Olivan, will assume the position of chief operating officer when Sandberg departs in the fall.

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In the early days of Facebook, Sandberg was known as “the adult in the room” and worked with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who ran the company in his early 20s.

Sandberg came to Facebook after several years as an advertising manager at Google.

During her time at the company, Facebook grew from a free social network in a Harvard dorm to one of the most dominant platforms in the world with nearly three billion users.

“Sheryl always says that the progress we make is directly proportional to the number of tough conversations we are willing to have,” Zuckerberg said on an episode of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast.

Zuckerberg added that Sandberg urged her peers with constructive criticism at a time when giving harsh feedback was difficult

“Trying to build that into the cultural operating system — which is like, ‘We’re just going to really reward each other and focus on being direct with each other’ — I think is a really important thing,” he said.

Sandberg also served as the public face of Facebook during its many controversies over the years, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal when the data-mining company breached millions of users’ personal information in 2018.

Outside of Facebook, Sandberg is also a bestselling author and writes Lean In, which advocates for equality in the workplace.

FRIENDSHIP WITH ZUCKERBERG

In 2015, Sandberg’s husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico after suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm while working out.

In her book Option B, co-authored with Adam Grant, Sandberg found ways to cope with grief and tragedy. However, her friendship with Zuckerberg was also a big part of the healing process.

Speaking to Insider in 2017, Sandberg described Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan as “remarkable” people, adding that the couple would walk her out several times after her husband’s death.

“A lot of what Mark did as a friend was super important. Mark has done a lot of work in the office,” she said at the time.

“I hope everyone can have personal friendships, but even if you don’t have the depth of friendship that we had, rebuild someone, tell them they made a good point in a meeting, tell someone along.” Krebs: ‘I still believe in you and think that you can contribute something here’ – everyone can do that as a boss or as a colleague.

“I think people can learn a lot from Mark’s example. To be honest I don’t know how he knew that. I did not know that. He did a lot of things that I certainly never would have thought of for people I’ve worked with and who grieved. It’s quite an incredible story.”

Sandberg remains on the company's board of directors

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Sandberg remains on the company’s board of directorsPhoto credit: Getty
Sandberg's friendship with Zuckerberg helped her grieve over her husband's death

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Sandberg’s friendship with Zuckerberg helped her grieve over her husband’s deathPhoto credit: Getty

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