Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, has joined the social network’s board of directors, becoming the first woman to do so, the company announced today. “Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. “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.” “Facebook is working every day to make the world more open and connected,” Sandberg said in the company’s announcement. “It’s a mission that I’m deeply passionate about, and I feel fortunate to be part of a company that is having such a profound impact in the world.” The announcement comes after criticism that Facebook’s board lacked women and minorities. Two months ago, the company was called out for the board demographic makeup by a group called the FACE IT Campaign and earlier this year The California State Teachers’ Retirement System made the same complaint. Zuckerberg had told The New Yorker last July when asked about why there were no women on the board that he was focused on finding… Read full this story
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