The Wall Street Journal reported that Sandberg left this week after the company reviewed her personal activities for potential misuse of company funds.
The Journal said the company’s review included “a review of her use of corporate resources to help plan her coming wedding to Tom Bernthal…” The events surrounding that probe have contributed to her professional burnout, which has led her to step down from the tech giant.
Sandberg worked at the company for 14 years and will remain on the company’s Board of Directors.
Here’s what she said according to The Journal:
“I am not entirely sure what the future will bring — I have learned no one ever is, but I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women.”
Sheryl Sandberg’s departure from Meta coincides with a company investigation into her activities, including a review of her use of corporate resources to help plan her coming wedding https://t.co/fo74fLBget
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 4, 2022
The Gateway Pundit added:
Sandberg stunned the tech world Wednesday with her decision to leave her long-held post as Meta’s chief operating officer. She noted that she wanted to put more focus on her upcoming wedding and her future philanthropic efforts.
Reports had noted that she felt burned out after many years of building Facebook into one of the largest companies in the world. Along that journey, she faced scrutiny of her every move. Which now reportedly includes a review by Meta into her upcoming marital union with marketing CEO Tom Bernthal.
Meta’s investigation concerning the potential misappropriation of company resources to plan the Sandberg wedding was still ongoing as of May, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
According to the Journal, Sandberg feels as though she has become a “punching bag” for Meta’s issues. The Journal’s report also noted that Sandberg had not been deeply involved in the company’s effort to build its metaverse.
One person who worked alongside Sandberg for many years made some revelation:
“She sees herself as someone who has been targeted, been tarred as a woman executive in a way that would not happen to a man. Gendered or not, she’s sick of it.”
This is not the first time Sandberg has been accused of wasting company resources.
Earlier in the year, a report from the Wall Street Journal alleged that Sandberg pressured the Daily Mail not to publish an article that reported a restraining order that her former boyfriend, video game mogul Robert Kotick, had taken out against him.
Sandberg and Kotick reportedly used the paper’s relationships with Facebook to keep the article from being published.