Sheryl Sandberg sells Facebook shares amid rumors that she might join Microsoft
Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg has been in the news lately for a variety of reasons, the top most being that she has just sold $91 million worth of the social networking site’s shares. Rumors abound concerning her alleged interest in becoming the next CEO of Microsoft, due to her background with Google. While these are only rumors at present, it makes sense that Sandberg would be one of only two recommendations for the position; she has a strong industry background, and is a Harvard MBA with an economics background. Sandberg’s disadvantage lies in the fact that she does not have software development and other technical capabilities, her skill lies primarily with monetizing websites. Her professional successes so far have involved heading global online sales for Google, and moving on to turning Facebook into a sustainable business. Sandberg certainly has the skill sets, which Microsoft is currently seeking. With her impressive past with sales, Sandberg might just be what the sagging online operations within Microsoft need to revive them. In the meantime however, she continues doing what she does best; her work with Facebook and women’s empowerment book, “Lean In” are regularly seeing success and generating their own share of publicity and success. She has recently been in the news for allegedly “unintentionally” facilitating Yahoo’s recent $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition [she left a voicemail message for Tumblr founder David Karp, who did not respond as he felt that any communication with Yahoo’s rival company would ruin his financial windfall; the voicemail prompted a quicker deal between Yahoo and Tumblr], and for the positive impact that her Lean In movement has had on women around the globe. Monetizing, among other things, is one of Sandberg’s top skills; apart from her impressive pay package, she is raking in millions from sales of her book, and related speaking engagements. She sells her advice as wisely and successfully as she facilitates Facebook’s profit making agenda. No wonder therefore, that Microsoft would be eyeing her as the person to hire. That apart, Sandberg, if she chooses to take on the Microsoft challenge, will bring with her an arsenal of talented executives who will help reshape the company into a somewhat revived Wall Street favorite. Much like compatriot Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Sandberg is known as being one of those individuals who have a company rescue strategy in mind, and with comparisons between the two flying, and with Mayer’s recent successes with her Yahoo revival strategy, perhaps Sandberg too, will take the high road and revive Microsoft. What is encouraging about this rumor, above all, is the fact that a company giant such as Microsoft, is understanding of the capabilities of Sandberg as an efficient and skilled businessperson who possesses as much, if not more, capability to turn a sagging giant around. This rumor, whether it is true or unfounded, has unintentionally brought forward the growing success and credibility of women in the field of business. Perhaps Sandberg is smiling to herself as she has no doubt heard the same rumor, and is silently congratulating herself on her “Lean In” movement. It is certainly bearing fruit in her own favor!