Facebook adds Sandberg to board

NEW YORK — Facebook’s number two executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has become the first woman on the social-networking company’s board of directors.

Sandberg was lured from Google in 2008 to become Facebook’s chief operating officer. Besides being the first woman, she is the first executive other than founder Mark Zuckerberg on the board.

People had called for the company to add women to its board ahead of its initial public offering of stock in mid-May.


In announcing the move Monday, Facebook Inc. didn’t say whether that came in response to calls to add women. But as the second to Zuckerberg, she was a logical choice.

Sandberg has been largely responsible for building Facebook’s advertising business. She is also often serves as Facebook’s public face, appearing at conferences and important meetings, while Zuckerberg often prefers to stay in the background and focus on Facebook’s products.