Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced exit as Facebook COO

Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has announced her resignation from the social media network according to a report by The Washington Times

Sandberg’s leaving could be an indicator of bigger changes coming to Facebook amid their re-branding from Facebook to Meta, a transformation that took place in the last year.

The soon-to-be-former COO will remain on the board of directors for Meta after her departure and 14 years at the company according to Meta spokesman Andy Stone.

“The debate around social media has changed beyond recognition in those early days. To say it hasn’t always been easy is an understatement,” Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post.

“But it should be hard. The products we make have a huge impact, so we have the responsibility to build them in a way that protects privacy and keeps people safe.”

Meta CEO and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed Sandberg’s departure as the “end of an era.” Sandberg said she will be leaving in the fall and work with Zuckerberg, who still plays a vital role in the company, to transfer responsibilities to her successor.

“In the 14 years we’ve worked together, you’ve architected our ads business, hired great people, forged our management culture, and taught me how to run a company,” Mr. Zuckerberg said in reply to her. “I’m going to miss working alongside you every day, but grateful to have you as a lifelong friend.”

In 2021 Facebook became recognized as Meta making a big shift after changing the face of social media for good. The company that created its own market is now focusing on meta verse products involving augmented and virtual reality.

Sandberg formerly worked at Google before moving to Facebook, attracting positive attention for work as an executive and her book about women’s roles in the workplace. In 2013 the female executive wrote the book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”