Sheryl Sandberg leaves Facebook after 14 years

Sheryl Sandberg, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent executives who helped establish Facebook as a global tech juggernaut 

She is stepping down as chief operating officer of Meta, Facebook's parent company 

Sandberg, 52, made the surprise announcement in a Facebook post on Jun 1, Wednesday

"When I took this job in 2008, I hoped I would be in this role for five years. Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life," 

She also wrote: "I am not entirely sure what the future will bring – I have learned no one ever is." 

Sandberg will stay on Meta's board of directors, according to the company 

Javier Olivan, another executive at the company, will takeover the charge of chief operating officer  

Sandberg plans to spend her time focusing on philanthropy and her foundation 

This summer she wrote, she will be marrying television producer Tom Bernthal

Sandberg has a big role in the growth of Facebook from a free social media platforms to the most dominant social media platforms in the world

Before arriving at Facebook, she was working as a manager in advertising at Google

Sandberg is leaving at a time when Facebook, which rebranded last year as Meta 

At Facebook, Sandberg served as the public face of the company as it reeled from crises over the years 

A Meta spokeswoman said her departure is unrelated to reports about her ex-boyfriend Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick incident 

"She was not pushed out or fired," Meta spokeswoman Nkechi Nneji said 

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