Haute 100 SF: SurveyMonkey Taps Sheryl Sandberg to Join Its Board of Directors


Sheryl Sandberg will be joining the board of directors of the online survey and polling company SurveyMonkey, where her late husband served as the CEO.

The “Lean In” author, who lost her husband David Goldberg in an unexpected accident in May, intend to continue to help Goldberg’s “vision of building a lasting company that will impact the way we all do business” come to fruition.

Goldberg, who passed away at 47-years-old, served as the chief executive of SurveyMonkey for six years. During his tenure he grew the company from a 14 people staff to 550 employees and a valuation of about $2 billion, according to the New York Times.

SurveyMoneky, which is a privately held company, is slated to go public sometime soon. However, the company has no current plans to do so.

In a Facebook post, Sandberg said, “Yesterday David Ebersman and I joined the board of SurveyMonkey – becoming part of a team that I have also come to love. I’m excited to be part of SurveyMonkey’s future, and to work with the new CEO, Bill Veghte. Bill has held leadership positions at some of tech’s biggest companies and I’m looking forward to working with him. I also want to thank Zander Lurie, a great business leader who stepped up as temporary Executive Chairman these past few months and helped the whole SurveyMonkey team through an incredibly difficult time. Zander is now going to serve as Chairman of the Board – we are lucky to have him.”

She continued, “SurveyMonkey is a special company with a special mission and an incredible team. As we continue to scale and grow the business, I know the whole team will continue to‪#‎makedaveproud.”

Sandberg has since grieved openly, while continuing to champion for gender equality.

Following his death, Sandberg shared a touching message. She posted, “As we put the love of my life to rest today, we buried only his body. His spirit, his soul, his amazing ability to give is still with us. It lives on in the stories people are sharing of how he touched their lives, in the love that is visible in the eyes of our family and friends, in the spirit and resilience of our children. Things will never be the same – but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived.”

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