Finally: Facebook Now Has A Female Board Member
4:46 pm, June 25th | by Amy Tennery
With its high-profile COO Sheryl Sandberg, it would be easy to think of Facebook as a progressive, pro-woman company. Of course, its all-male board painted a different picture. Facebook, it would seem, was not immune to the often clubby, bro-centric Silicon Valley influence — and its total inability to recruit a single female board member motivated a just bit of criticism directed at the company. But a new development at Facebook could change all that.
Ladies and gents: It’s happened. Facebook finally has a female board member.
In a statement released this afternoon, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook now has a woman on its board (sound the trumpets). And he didn’t look very far: It picked COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Here’s Zuckerberg’s statement (you can see Facebook’s full press release here:
“Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years. 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.”
Why, exactly, it took Facebook this long to install its outrageously popular COO to its own board, in order to solve a massive image crisis (the board’s total lack of women), is beyond me. Better late than never, I suppose.