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META investigates Sheryl Sandberg for using corporate resources to plan wedding: report

Meta executive Sheryl Sandberg announced her resignation from the tech giant during an ongoing investigation into the alleged use of corporate resources to plan her wedding, according to a report on Thursday.

Sandberg, 52, shocked the business world on Wednesday with her decision to step down as Meta’s chief operating officer, saying she wants to focus on her marriage and future philanthropic endeavors.

But the powerful executive also reportedly felt the burn after making Facebook a global force and scrutinizing its every move — including a review by Meta at her upcoming wedding to marketing CEO Tom Bernthal.

Sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that Meta’s investigation into whether Sandberg had misused company resources to plan the bash.

The investigation comes after a separate investigation into allegations that Sandberg pressured the Daily Mail to tell an important story about her then-boyfriend, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

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Sheryl Sandberg reportedly felt herself burnt out in recent months.
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Tom Bernthal is the CEO of a consulting firm.

A META representative brushed back the notion that an internal investigation factored in Sandberg’s move away from the company.

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

Meta did not immediately return the post’s request for further comment.

In a lengthy Facebook post explaining her decision, Sandberg noted her upcoming marriage to Bernthal and said she would formally step down as Meta’s COO in the fall.

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Sheryl Sandberg is set to marry Tom Bernthal later this year.

“I’m not entirely sure what the future will bring – I’ve learned that there is never any,” Sandberg said. “But I know it will involve focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever because of how important this moment is for women. And as Tom and I get married this summer She takes care of our extended family of five children.

Sandberg’s personal and business challenges came as Meta attempted to rebrand itself as a Metaverse company after a series of scandals—including damaging reports about harmful effects—that Instagram and other company-owned The impact of platforms on the mental health of teenage girls.

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Sheryl Sandberg left Facebook after running for 14 years.

Sources told the Journal that Sandberg feels she has become a “punching bag” for the company’s problems. He added that Sandberg is not heavily involved in the firm’s effort to build the metaverse.

“She sees herself as someone who’s been targeted, as a female executive, starred in a way that wouldn’t happen to a man. Gender or not, she’s sick of it, Said one person who worked with Sandberg for many years.

Sandberg faced an investigation earlier this year over reports of bombings that he had contacted the Daily Mail in 2016 and 2019 while the British tabloid was working on a story that suggested Kotik A temporary restraining order was obtained against him by one of his ex-girlfriends. in 2014.

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Sheryl Sandberg will formally leave Meta this fall.

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

But the investigation reportedly added to a sense of jealousy for Sandberg, who in recent months had mixed up her and Bernthal’s families before marriage and health issues involving family members who contracted COVID-19. faced the challenge of Street Journal.

During his 14-year tenure at the company, Sandberg led the development of the Facebook advertising juggernaut, which comprises a large portion of Meta’s revenue. Mark Zuckerberg praised Sandberg in a post reacting to his exit.

“Looking forward, I do not plan to replace the role of Sherrill in our current structure. I am not sure that will be possible as she is a superstar who has defined the role of COO in her own unique way,” Zuckerberg he said.

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