Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley and the second-most important person at Meta after Mark Zuckerberg, announced ending her 14-year tenure at the firm.
Sheryl, who is to leave her position as the Chief Operating Officer in the fall will, however, continue to serve on Meta’s board of directors.
“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,” Sheryl wrote in a facebook post announcing her departure.
Sheryl plans to focus more on her foundation and philanthropic work.
“I am not entirely sure what the future will bring – I have learned no one ever is. But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women,” she wrote in her post.
Sheryl’s work made her not just a recognisable face in tech but also a household name, particularly because of her 2013 book ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.’
The best seller encouraged women to ‘lean in’ to their careers to reach their full potential and overcome workforce obstacles.
While the book has drawn applause from admirers for articulating a modern feminist vision, it has also recieved sharp criticism from detractors who say her lofty position has made her out-of-touch with the grueling personal cost of combining career and family.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Sheryl’s departure an “end of an era.” In his post, he also stated that it was unusual for a business partnership like theirs to last so long and that he does not plan to replace her role in the existing structure.