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Facebook Finally Names Sheryl Sandberg to Its Board of Directors

Ms. Sandberg is the first and only female to join the Facebook board.
 Facebook Finally Names Sheryl Sandberg to Its Board of Directors

“Finally!” (Photo: flickr.com/jurvetson)

According to a tweet sent out a few moments ago by @CNBC, Facebook has officially named COO Sheryl Sandberg to its board of directors. The Facebook team confirmed the move on their press page. We’d hasten to congratulate the social network on this one, but then we remember that she should’ve been on the board in the first place. C’est la vie.

But maybe the move will satisfy the woman’s group Ultraviolet, which previously held protests to pressure the company into adding a woman to its all-male board. (Turnout was slim.) The group also posted a petition back in April with the same goal.

According to a Facebook press release:

“Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. “Her understanding of our mission and long-term opportunity, and her experience both at Facebook and on public company boards makes her a natural fit for our board.”

Ms. Sandberg’s appointment comes on the heels of a rather embarrassing article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal about the frat boy culture of Facebook’s early halcyon days. In the piece, early Facebook employee Katherine Losse painted Ms. Sandberg as a veritable badass.

“You see, I’m so good that I make things happen and no one even knows about them,” Ms. Losse quotes Ms. Sandberg as saying.

Ladies and gents, meet your newest Facebook board member.

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