Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to Facebook's seven-person board of directors, making her the first and only woman to join the board.

Sandberg has served as COO of Facebook since joining the company in 2008 and, as head of all business operations, has helped oversee its growth and shepherd the company to its public offering earlier this year. Sandberg's appointment follows growing outcry over the company's all-male board.

"Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release. "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."

In an 2011 interview, Zuckerberg noted he was grateful to Sandberg for "handl[ing] things I don’t want to," such as human resources, marketing, and other management tasks.

Sandberg has been an outspoken advocate for women in the workplace, encouraging women in TED talks, commencement addresses and internal Facebook events to "lean in" to their careers and demand a "seat at the table."

Yet Sandberg, until Monday, was denied a seat on Facebook's board. When pressed by New Yorker writer Ken Auletta to explain the lack of women on Facebook's all-male board, Zuckerberg noted his company has a "very small board," adding, "I’m going to find people who are helpful, and I don’t particularly care what gender they are or what company they are. I’m not filling the board with check boxes.”

The company's decision to add an eighth member, Sandberg, comes after months of criticism by investors and women's advocacy groups over the lack of diversity among Facebook's directors.

More than 53,000 people signed an online petition asking Facebook to add a woman to its board, and in March, protestors descended on Facebook's New York City headquarters to decry the dearth of female board members. Earlier this year, the director of corporate governance for the California State Teachers Retirement System, a Facebook shareholder and the second largest pension fund in the U.S., wrote a letter to Facebook ahead of its IPO encouraging the company to add a woman to its board.

Sandberg will join Facebook's seven-person board, which includes Zuckerberg, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Washington Post Company CEO Donald Graham, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, former University of North Carolina president Erskine Bowles, and investor Jim Breyer of Accel Partners.


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  • Sheryl Sandberg

    Chief Operating Officer at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/sheryl" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/sheryl</a>

  • Reed Hastings

    CEO of Netflix <a href="http://www.facebook.com/reed1960" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/reed1960</a>

  • Kevin Systrom

    CEO of Instagram <a href="https://www.facebook.com/systrom" target="_hplink">https://www.facebook.com/systrom</a>

  • Alexia Tsotsis

    Co-Editor at TechCrunch <a href="http://www.facebook.com/alexiatsotsis" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/alexiatsotsis</a> *Note: TechCrunch and Huffington Post are both part of Aol.

  • Eduardo Saverin

    Co-founder of Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/saverin" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/saverin</a>

  • Kevin Rose

    Sr. Product Manager at Google <a href="http://www.facebook.com/kevinrose" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/kevinrose</a>

  • Randi Zuckerberg

    Founder/CEO at R to Z Media Formerly led consumer marketing at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/randi" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/randi</a>

  • Pete Cashmore

    Founder/CEO of Mashable <a href="http://www.facebook.com/petecashmore" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/petecashmore</a>

  • Nick Bilton

    Tech Columnist at The New York Times <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nickbilton" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/nickbilton</a>

  • Sean Parker

    Director at Spotify <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Sean" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/Sean</a>

  • Liz Gannes

    Senior Writer at All Things D <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LizGannes" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/LizGannes</a>

  • Bret Taylor

    Chief Technology Officer at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/btaylor" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/btaylor</a>

  • Steve Wozniak

    Co-founder of Apple <a href="http://www.facebook.com/stevewoz" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/stevewoz</a>

  • Laurie Segall

    Tech Reporter at CNN Money <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LaurieSegall" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/LaurieSegall</a>

  • Anthony De Rosa

    Social Media Editor at Reuters <a href="http://www.facebook.com/antderosa" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/antderosa</a>

  • Loic Le Meur

    Founder/CEO of Seesmic <a href="http://www.facebook.com/loic" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/loic</a>

  • Om Malik

    Founder and Senior Writer at GigaOm <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ommalik" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/ommalik</a>

  • Jennifer Van Grove

    Writer at VentureBeat <a href="http://www.facebook.com/jbruin" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/jbruin</a>

  • Blake Ross

    Director of Product at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/blake" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/blake</a>

  • Michael Arrington

    Founder at TechCrunch <a href="http://www.facebook.com/theuncrunched" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/theuncrunched</a> *Note: TechCrunch and Huffington Post are both part of Aol.

  • Rosa Golijan

    Senior Writer/Editor at msnbc.com <a href="http://www.facebook.com/rosa" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/rosa</a>

  • Ben Parr

    Co-Founder at The Peep Project <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ben.parr" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/ben.parr</a>

  • Mathew Ingram

    Senior Writer at GigaOm <a href="http://www.facebook.com/mathewingram" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/mathewingram</a>

  • Walt Mossberg

    Tech Columnist at The Wall Street Journal <a href="http://www.facebook.com/WaltMossberg" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/WaltMossberg</a>

  • Robert Scoble

    Tech Blogger, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble</a>

  • Guy Kawasaki

    Co-founder at Alltop <a href="http://www.facebook.com/guy" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/guy</a>

  • Eric Eldon

    Editor at TechCrunch <a href="http://www.facebook.com/EricEldon" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/EricEldon</a> *Note: TechCrunch and Huffington Post are both part of Aol.

  • Jolie O'Dell

    Writer at VentureBeat <a href="http://www.facebook.com/jolieodell" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/jolieodell</a>

  • Dennis Crowley

    Founder/CEO of Foursquare <a href="http://www.facebook.com/dens" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/dens</a>

  • Danny Sullivan

    Editor-In-Chief, Search Engine Land <a href="http://www.facebook.com/dannysullivan" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/dannysullivan</a>

  • Kara Swisher

    Co-executive Editor at All Things Digital <a href="http://www.facebook.com/KaraSwisher" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/KaraSwisher</a>

  • Leo Laporte

    Tech Podcaster/Pundit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leoglaporte" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/leoglaporte</a>

  • Alexander Howard

    Gov 2.0 Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media <a href="http://www.facebook.com/alexhoward" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/alexhoward</a>

  • Richard MacManus

    Founder/Editor at ReadWriteWeb <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ricmac" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/ricmac</a>

  • Joshua Topolsky

    Editor-in-Chief of The Verge <a href="http://www.facebook.com/joshuatopolsky" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/joshuatopolsky</a>

  • Gary Vaynerchuk

    Video Blogger, Author/Speaker on Brands/Social Media <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708727040" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708727040</a>

  • Liz Heron

    Social Media Director at The Wall Street Journal <a href="http://www.facebook.com/lheron" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/lheron</a>

  • Craig Newmark

    Founder of Craigslist <a href="http://www.facebook.com/craignewmark" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/craignewmark</a>

  • Jonah Peretti

    Co-founder/CEO of Buzzfeed Co-founder of The Huffington Post <a href="http://www.facebook.com/peretti" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/peretti</a>

  • Kate O'Neill

    Product Marketing at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/kkoneill" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/kkoneill</a>

  • MG Siegler

    General Partner at CrunchFund <a href="http://www.facebook.com/parislemon" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/parislemon</a>

  • Zee Kane

    CEO at The Next Web <a href="http://www.facebook.com/zee" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/zee</a>

  • Susan Beebe

    Chief Listener at Dell <a href="http://www.facebook.com/susan.beebe" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/susan.beebe</a>

  • Vadim Lavrusik

    Journalist Program Manager at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/vadim" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/vadim</a>

  • Gina Trapani

    Founder at LifeHacker <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ginatrapani" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/ginatrapani</a>

  • Larry Magid

    Co-director at ConnectSafely.org <a href="http://www.facebook.com/larrymagid" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/larrymagid</a>

  • Matt Buchanan

    BuzzFeed Tech Editor <a href="http://www.facebook.com/mattbuchanan" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/mattbuchanan</a>

  • Soraya Darabi

    Founder of Foodspotting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/sorayadarabi" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/sorayadarabi</a>

  • Dave Morin

    Co-founder/CEO of Path <a href="http://www.facebook.com/dvmrn" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/dvmrn</a>

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Co-founder/CEO at Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/zuck" target="_hplink">http://www.facebook.com/zuck</a>