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Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg becomes first woman to join board

June 26, 2012 - Washington

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, has become the first woman to join the board of the social networking company.

Sandberg, who earlier worked with the Internet giant Google, joined Facebook in 2008.

Besides being the first woman, she is the first Facebook executive other than founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the board, the Washington Post reports.

There had been calls for the company to add women to its board ahead of its initial public offering of stock in mid-May.

The firm announced its move on Monday, but didn't say whether it came in response to calls to add women.

"Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years," Zuckerberg said in a statement.

"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," he added.

Sandberg has been largely responsible for building Facebook's advertising business, and has often served as the firm's public face, appearing at conferences and important meetings.


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