Facebook Hires Google's Sheryl Sandberg As COO

Facebook has announced the hiring of Sheryl Sandberg, previously Google’s Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations, as COO. Sandberg will start at Facebook March 24.

Sandberg spent six years at Google where she built and managed Google’s online sales channels for both AdWords and AdSense. Prior to Google, Sandberg was Chief of Staff to the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Sandberg’s appointment will strength Facebook’s sales efforts at a time the company is focusing on turning a profit from its growing traffic base.

According to Facebook, Sandberg will “be responsible for helping Facebook scale its operations and expand its presence globally. Sandberg will manage sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications and will report directly to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”

It’s another great catch for Facebook from Google and continues the “Facebook Problem” for Google which we wrote about in November.