Sheryl Kara Sandberg

Sheryl Kara Sandberg
COO, Facebook, Inc.

Last Updated: 09/18/2018

Executive Summary

As Chief Operating Officer for Facebook since 2008, Sheryl Sandberg gets credit for transforming the social media site, which recently went public, from an impressive social experiment aimed mostly at college students into a robust and focused business. Sandberg, a Harvard grad, was mentored early in her career by Larry Summers, one of

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Sandberg divorced her former husband, Brian Kraff, and in 2004 married David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey. She has a son and daughter. According to news reports, Goldberg died suddenly on May 1, 2015, while the family was vacationing in

Current Focus

  • First Asian Data Center: Facebook said it would invest more than $1 billion in a new data center in Singapore, its first in Asia and a win for the city-state as other jurisdictions such as China tighten controls over whe

Key Challenges

  • Too Slow to Respond to Crises: Sandberg said she personally made “mistakes” and that the company had been too slow to respond after the discovery of a massive data leak to Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm

Biographical Highlights

  • Sandberg was born on August 28, 1969, in Washington D.C.
  • She earned a BA in economics between 1987 and 1991 at Harvard University, where she was awarded the John H. Williams Prize as the top graduating student in Economics.

Other Boards and Organizations

  • Former Member, Boards of Directors, Walt Disney Company
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, LeanIn.Org

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