Sheryl Sandberg was under investigation at Meta for using company resources to plan her wedding, report says

  • Sheryl Sandberg announced Wednesday that she is leaving Meta after 14 years.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Meta was reviewing his personal activities as recently as May.
  • A Meta spokeswoman said the review was unrelated to Sandberg’s decision to leave.

Meta’s Sheryl Sandberg was being investigated for using company resources to plan her wedding, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Sandberg announced on Wednesday that she would step down as chief operating officer at Meta, Facebook’s parent company, after 14 years. She said she would remain on the company’s board.

“I’m not entirely sure what the future will bring – I learned that no one ever was,” the ‘Lean In’ author wrote in a Facebook post breaking the news. “But I know it will mean focusing more on my foundation and my philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this time is for women.”

Sandberg’s announcement came around the time the company was reviewing its use of company resources for wedding planning purposes. Sandberg announced in 2020 that she was engaged to Tom Bernthal, the founder and CEO of a Los Angeles-based consulting firm.

The review, pending in May, grew out of another investigation into Sandberg after the Journal reported in April that years earlier she had pressed the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, to stop reporting a story about her boyfriend at the time, Bobby Kotick, the CEO. from Activision Blizzard, and a temporary restraining order brought against him by an ex.

Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Meta’s spokeswoman Caroline Nolan told the Journal, “None of this has anything to do with his personal decision to leave.”

Former and current Meta employees recently told Insider’s Kali Hays and Claire Atkinson that Sandberg is gradually losing power in the company.

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