Google VP defects to Facebook

A senior Google executive is jumping ship to social networking giant Facebook. Sheryl Sandberg, formerly Google's vice president of global online sales and operations, will become Facebook's new chief operating officer.

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A senior Google executive is jumping ship to social networking giant Facebook. Sheryl Sandberg, formerly Google's vice president of global online sales and operations, will become Facebook's new chief operating officer.

Sandberg will report directly to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and will oversee sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications. Her first day at Facebook will be 24 March.

Sandberg's main responsibilities at Google, where she has been since 2001, were online sales of the company's advertising and publishing products, as well as running the sales operations of Google's consumer products and Google Book search.

Google's senior vice president of global sales and business development, called Sandberg "a valued member of the Google team", wished her well and announced that she'll be replaced by David Fischer, an existing member of the global online sales unit.

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