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Parmy Olson

Sheryl Sandberg Is Leaving Facebook at a Perilous Moment

The social media giant’s scaler-in-chief is departing just as the company confronts some of its biggest challenges.

Uncertain future.

Uncertain future.

Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Meta Platforms Inc., is resigning after 14 years of running the company alongside Mark Zuckerberg. It was “time to write the next chapter of my life,” she said in a 1,542-word post on Facebook accompanied by effusive comments from her fellow executives at the company.

Her departure had been anticipated for some time. An investigation last year by the Wall Street Journal analyzing internal Facebook data found that the percentage of staff reporting to Sandberg, 52, had been shrinking in recent years. There were also rumors, according to a person close to the company, of tensions with Zuckerberg and of rival factions forming on their executive and PR teams.