Sheryl Sandberg said she isn’t interested in the CEO post at Walt Disney Co., throwing cold water on speculation that the Facebook Inc. executive is a frontrunner for the position.
Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said she’s happy in her current position. “I don’t want another job,” she said at the Recode conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, responding to a question about the Disney job.
Sandberg, a Disney board member, has been one of the most prominently mentioned candidates to replace Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, whose contract expires in June 2018. Speculation about who will succeed Iger has heated up since his former heir apparent, Disney COO Tom Staggs, left the company last month.
Steve Burke, a former Disney and ABC executive who now runs Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal division, has also drawn notice as a possible candidate, as have Disney executives such as TV division co-head Ben Sherwood and strategy chief Kevin Mayer. Iger told analysts on a conference call last month that he doesn’t plan to renew his contract.