Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s founding COO, is leaving Meta

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Meta (formerly Facebook), has announced she is stepping down.

“Today, I am sharing the news that after 14 years, I will be leaving Meta,” Ms Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “I am so immensely proud of everything this team has achieved.”

The company’s founding COO, who helped lead it from a fledgling website to a global tech giant, said she will officially resign this fall. Her responsibilities will be transferred to others over the next few months, she said, but she will remain on the company’s board of directors.

In addition to her work at Facebook, Ms Sandberg is the author of Lean In, a 2013 book encouraging women to be more assertive in their professional lives. That book led to the creation of the Lean In Foundation (now the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation), an organisation Ms Sandberg hopes to spend more time on in the future.