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Sheryl Sandberg Stepping Down as Meta’s COO After 14 Years

  • Executive plans to focus on family and philanthropic work
  • ‘Lean In’ author helped turn startup into advertising behemoth
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WATCH: Sheryl Sandberg comments on her decision to step down as Meta’s COO.Source: Bloomberg
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Meta Platforms Inc.’s Sheryl Sandberg, who became one of the most recognized figures in global business after helping Facebook transform from a startup into a multibillion-dollar advertising powerhouse, is stepping down as chief operating officer.

Sandberg, 52, will remain on the board of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to a post on the social network Wednesday. Javier Olivan, who has led the company’s growth efforts for years, will take Sandberg’s place as COO when she formally leaves in the fall.