Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down as Meta's COO

Her 14-year run as a Meta employee will end Sept. 30.

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After announcing earlier this year her intent to step down as Meta's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg made it official Monday, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Sandberg will remain a Meta employee through Sept. 30, after which she'll continue in her role as a member of Meta's board of directors.

Sandberg has been with the company for 14 years, and in that time she's helped it address various scandals around privacy and misinformation.

According to the SEC filing, Chief Growth Officer Javier Olivan has replaced Sandberg as the company's COO. 

"The debate around social media has changed beyond recognition since those early days," Sandberg said in a Facebook post announcing her departure. "To say it hasn't always been easy is an understatement."

Before Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008, she was Google's vice president of global online sales and operations. She also worked as the chief of staff for former US Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers.

"I am not entirely sure what the future will bring -- I have learned no one ever is," Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post. "But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women."

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