For Ms. Sandberg, the move to Facebook, a company led by a clumsy 23-year-old college dropout, isn’t as counterintuitive as it once appeared. She’s a vice president at Google, but she’s hit the ceiling: There are several vice presidents at her level, and they’re all vying for a promotion. Eric Schmidt, then chief executive officer, wasn’t looking for a No. 2 spot. Men who didn’t have a good track record like hers were being recognized and received higher honors, her former colleagues. Google confirmed.
Kim Scott, head of advertising sales, recalls: “Although she led a larger, more profitable, and faster-growing business than men her age, she was were not given the title of president, but they did. Ms. Sandberg is looking for something new. She said yes to Facebook.
Mr. Zuckerberg brought in Sandberg to address growing insecurity about the company in Washington. She professionalized the ragtag office there, opened by a recent college graduate whose main job was to help legislators set up their Facebook accounts. She represents Facebook as a member of President Barack Obama’s Employment and Competitiveness Council, along with other executives and labor union leaders. After a council meeting, she accompanied Obama on Air Force One to Facebook headquarters, where the president held a public town hall to discuss the economy. But soon, cracks appeared on the facade.
FTC officials immediately challenged her, according to meeting attendees. Mr. Leibowitz noted that, on a personal level, he’s watched his high-school-age daughter struggle with Facebook’s privacy settings, which automatically help strangers find users like them. girl easier. “I’m seeing it at home,” he said.
“That was wonderful,” Ms. Sandberg replied. She went on to describe the social network as “empowering” for young users. Mr. Leibowitz didn’t take it as good news – and stressed to her that the FTC cares deeply about privacy.
Ms. Lever, a Facebook spokeswoman, described the meeting as “substantive”, with a detailed explanation of the company’s privacy policies. She added that the characterization of the tension in the room “misrepresents what really happened.”