A Note From Mark Zuckerberg
June 2, 2022
Itís the end of an era. After 14 years, my good friend and
partner Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down as COO of Meta.
When Sheryl joined me in 2008, I was only 23 years old and I
barely knew anything about running a company. Weíd built a great
product ó the Facebook website ó but we didnít yet have a
profitable business and we were struggling to transition from a
small startup to a real organization. Sheryl architected our ads
business, hired great people, forged our management culture, and
taught me how to run a company. She created opportunities for
millions of people around the world, and she deserves the credit
for so much of what Meta is today.
Itís unusual for a business partnership like ours to last so
long. I think ours did because Sheryl is such an amazing person,
leader, partner, and friend. She cares deeply about the people
in her life and she is generous about nurturing relationships
and helping you grow as a person. She has taught me so much and
she has been there for many of the important moments in my life,
both personally and professionally. Whether going through the
different transitions weíve made as a company over the years, or
when she supported me and Priscilla as we navigated challenges
having children, our partnership has always been deeper than
Iím going to miss running this company with Sheryl. But Iím glad
that sheíll continue to serve on our board of directors so we
can benefit from her wisdom and experience even after she
transitions out of her day-to-day management role in the coming
Looking forward, I donít plan to replace Sherylís role in our
existing structure. Iím not sure that would be possible since
sheís a superstar who defined the COO role in her own unique
way. But even if it were possible, I think Meta has reached the
point where it makes sense for our product and business groups
to be more closely integrated, rather than having all the
business and operations functions organized separately from our
One of Sherylís greatest legacies is the incredible team she has
built. Some of these leaders have already stepped up into larger
roles reporting to me, like Nick Clegg as President, Global
Affairs and Jennifer Newstead as Chief Legal Officer.
Marne Levine, our Chief Business Officer and the top business
person who handles our partnerships, will report to Javier
Olivan so that our Ads and Business Platform product group will
be closer to the Meta Business Group.
Javi will become our next Chief Operating Officer since he will
now lead our integrated ads and business products in addition to
continuing to lead our infrastructure, integrity, analytics,
marketing, corporate development and growth teams. But this role
will be different from what Sheryl has done. It will be a more
traditional COO role where Javi will be focused internally and
operationally, building on his strong track record of making our
execution more efficient and rigorous. As part of this, Molly
Cutler, our VP Strategic Response, will join Javiís team and
report to Naomi Gleit.
Osofsky will report to Chris Cox. In addition to his role
overseeing Global Operations and Instagramís business
organization, Justin will now take on an additional
responsibility building a content team that works across
business and product that will train our AI recommendation
systems to help you discover the most interesting, relevant, and
personalized content across Facebook and Instagram.
Lori Goler, our Head of People, will now report directly to me.
Maxine Williams, our Chief Diversity Officer, will continue her
role on our People team, working on my staff as well.
These are all talented and experienced leaders who Iíve worked
closely with over the years, and Iím confident theyíll continue
to do great work in this new structure.
Iím sad that the day is coming when I wonít get to work as
closely with Sheryl. But more than anything, Iím grateful for
everything she has done to build Meta. She has done so much for
me, for our community, and for the world ó and weíre all better
off for it.