In surprise move, Sheryl Sandberg leaves Facebook after 14 years

Sheryl Sandberg, one of Silicon Valley's most well-known executives who helped build Facebook as a worldwide internet behemoth, is stepping down as the parent company of Facebook, Meta.

Sandberg, 52, revealed the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday, writing, "When I joined this position in 2008

It's time for me to write the next chapter of my life after fourteen years," Sandberg wrote.

"I'm not sure what the future holds — I've learnt that no one ever is."

According to Meta, Sandberg will remain on the board of directors. When Sandberg leaves the company this fall

Another executive, Javier Olivan, will take over as chief operational officer.

She intends to dedicate her time to philanthropy and her foundation

She announced in her article that she will marry television producer Tom Bernthal this summer.

Sandberg had a key role in transforming Facebook from a free social network created in a Harvard dorm to one of the world's most popular social media platforms, with roughly 3 billion users worldwide.

Facebook conducted an investigation into whether Sandberg's activities were in violation of company policy, but the results were not made public.

Sandberg's resignation, according to a Meta spokesman, has nothing to do with the Kotick incident.