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Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, became the first woman to serve on the social networking site’s board last week.

Sandberg, 42, left Google for Facebook in 2008, and has slowly emerged as the poster girl equivalent of Marc Zuckerberg for the website. At Facebook, as the “No. 2 executive,” she oversees sales and marketing, business development and corporate policy, the Times reported.

The appointment of Sandberg to the board coincided with the approximate release of the “The Boy Kings,” a book written by early Facebook employee that casts the early history of the social networking site’s governing board as akin to that of a “fratty boys club,” according to John Letzing of the Wall Street Journal. Some have speculated that Facebook’s move to promote Sandberg to the coveted position was a response to the critics who have grown angry with the absence of any female voices at the top of the company’s hierarchy.

But despite the book and its message, the addition of Sandberg to the board cemented her influence at Facebook. “[She is] my partner in running Facebook,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a press release announcing the decision, according to the Journal.

Sandberg reacted with pride.

“Facebook is working every day to make the world more open and connected,” she said in a statement. “It’s a mission that I’m deeply passionate about, and I feel fortunate to be part of a company that is having such a profound impact in the world.”

Venture capitalists Marc Andreessen, James W. Breyer and Peter A. Thiel; Erskine B. Bowles, the former Clinton administration official; Donald E. Graham, the chairman of the Washington Post Company; and Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix are among other members of the now eight-person Facebook board of directors, according to the Times.

Facebook’s stock devalued 16% since it went public last month at $38 a share.

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