It’s the top of an period. After 14 years, my good buddy and companion Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down as COO of Meta.
When Sheryl joined me in 2008, I used to be solely 23 years outdated and I barely knew something about operating an organization. We’d constructed an amazing product — the Fb web site — however we didn’t but have a worthwhile enterprise and we have been struggling to transition from a small startup to an actual group. Sheryl architected our advertisements enterprise, employed nice folks, cast our administration tradition, and taught me run an organization. She created alternatives for tens of millions of individuals around the globe, and she or he deserves the credit score for a lot of what Meta is at present.
It’s uncommon for a enterprise partnership like ours to final so lengthy. I believe ours did as a result of Sheryl is such a tremendous particular person, chief, companion, and buddy. She cares deeply concerning the folks in her life and she or he is beneficiant about nurturing relationships and serving to you develop as an individual. She has taught me a lot and she or he has been there for lots of the vital moments in my life, each personally and professionally. Whether or not going by the completely different transitions we’ve made as an organization over time, or when she supported me and Priscilla as we navigated challenges having kids, our partnership has all the time been deeper than simply enterprise.
I’m going to overlook operating this firm with Sheryl. However I’m glad that she’ll proceed to serve on our board of administrators so we are able to profit from her knowledge and expertise even after she transitions out of her day-to-day administration function within the coming months.
Wanting ahead, I don’t plan to interchange Sheryl’s function in our present construction. I’m unsure that may be attainable since she’s a celebrity who outlined the COO function in her personal distinctive manner. However even when it have been attainable, I believe Meta has reached the purpose the place it is smart for our product and enterprise teams to be extra carefully built-in, reasonably than having all of the enterprise and operations features organized individually from our merchandise.
Considered one of Sheryl’s biggest legacies is the unbelievable staff she has constructed. A few of these leaders have already stepped up into bigger roles reporting to me, like Nick Clegg as President, World Affairs and Jennifer Newstead as Chief Authorized Officer.
Marne Levine, our Chief Enterprise Officer and the highest enterprise one that handles our partnerships, will report back to Javier Olivan in order that our Advertisements and Enterprise Platform product group shall be nearer to the Meta Enterprise Group.
Javi will develop into our subsequent Chief Working Officer since he’ll now lead our built-in advertisements and enterprise merchandise in addition to persevering with to steer our infrastructure, integrity, analytics, advertising, company growth and progress groups. However this function shall be completely different from what Sheryl has carried out. Will probably be a extra conventional COO function the place Javi shall be targeted internally and operationally, constructing on his robust monitor report of creating our execution extra environment friendly and rigorous. As a part of this, Molly Cutler, our VP Strategic Response, will be a part of Javi’s staff and report back to Naomi Gleit.
Justin Osofsky will report back to Chris Cox. Along with his function overseeing World Operations and Instagram’s enterprise group, Justin will now tackle a further accountability constructing a content material staff that works throughout enterprise and product that may practice our AI advice techniques that will help you uncover essentially the most fascinating, related, and personalised content material throughout Fb and Instagram.
Lori Goler, our Head of Folks, will now report on to me. Maxine Williams, our Chief Variety Officer, will proceed her function on our Folks staff, engaged on my workers as properly.
These are all gifted and skilled leaders who I’ve labored carefully with over time, and I’m assured they’ll proceed to do nice work on this new construction.
I’m unhappy that the day is coming once I gained’t get to work as carefully with Sheryl. However greater than something, I’m grateful for all the pieces she has carried out to construct Meta. She has carried out a lot for me, for our neighborhood, and for the world — and we’re all higher off for it.