Meta investigated Sheryl Sandberg for using company resources to plan wedding: report

Sheryl Sandberg, outgoing leader of Meta announced his resignation from the tech giant during an ongoing investigation into his alleged use of company resources to plan his wedding, according to a report Thursday.

Sandberg, 52, shocked the business community on Wednesday with her decision to step down as chief operating officer of Meta, saying she wanted to focus on her nuptials and future philanthropic endeavors.

But the powerful executive also reportedly felt exhausted after building Facebook into a global force and scrutinizing her every move – which includes a review by Meta of her upcoming marriage to marketing CEO Tom Bernthal.

Meta’s investigation into whether Sandberg diverted company resources to plan the hit was still ongoing in May, people familiar with the matter said. the wall street journal.

The investigation comes after a separate investigation into allegations that Sandberg pressured the Daily Mail to Spike critical story about her then-boyfriendBobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.

Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg would have felt exhausted in recent months.
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Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal
Tom Bernthal is CEO of a consulting firm.

A Meta representative pushed back against the idea that internal investigations were factors in why Sandberg walked away from the company.

“None of this has anything to do with his personal decision to leave,” said Caroline Nolan, a spokeswoman for Meta.

Meta did not immediately return the Post’s request for additional comment.

In a long facebook post Explaining her decision, Sandberg noted her upcoming marriage to Bernthal and said she would officially step down as COO of Meta in the fall.

Tom Berntal
Sheryl Sandberg is expected to marry Tom Bernthal later this year.

“I’m not entirely sure what the future will bring – I learned that no one ever was,” Sandberg said. “But I know it will mean focusing more on my foundation and my philanthropic work, which is more important than ever to me given how critical this time is for women. And as Tom and I are getting married this summer, we are the parents of our extended family of five children.

Sandberg’s personal and professional challenges came as Meta attempted to rebrand itself as a metaverse company following a series of scandals, including damning reports of the damaging effects of Instagram and other owned platforms. to the company on adolescent mental health.

Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg left Facebook after a 14-year run.

Sources told the Journal that Sandberg felt like she had become a “punching bag” for the company’s troubles. They added that Sandberg has not been heavily involved in the company’s efforts to build its metaverse.

“She sees herself as someone who has been targeted, tarred as a female executive in a way that a man wouldn’t. Like or not, she’s fed up,” said a person who worked alongside Sandberg for many years.

Sandberg had been investigated earlier this year over the explosive report that she contacted the Daily Mail in 2016 and 2019 as the British tabloid worked on a story that allegedly revealed that one of the ex-girlfriends de Kotick had obtained a temporary restraining order against him. in 2014.

Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg will officially leave Meta this fall.

Facebook officials investigated whether Sandberg behaved inappropriately during the episode. The investigation has since been resolved, a representative for Meta told the Wall Street Journal.

But the investigation would have added to a sense of exhaustion for Sandberg, who also faced the challenge of fusing her with the Bernthal families before the wedding and the health issues involving family members who contracted COVID-19. in recent months, according to the Wall Street Journal.

During his 14 years with the company, Sandberg led the development of the Facebook advertising juggernaut that accounts for the vast majority of Meta’s revenue. Mark Zuckerberg praised Sandberg in a post reacting to his release.

“Looking forward, I don’t plan to replace Sheryl’s role in our existing structure. I’m not sure that’s possible because he’s a superstar who has defined the role of COO in his own way,” Zuckerberg said.

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