07 July 2011

Sandberg

There is a terrifying (but true) idea expressed very casually in this week's Babbage podcast from the Economist.

Sheryl Sandberg is a good choice for Facebook's "adult supervision" COO role in advance of their IPO in large part because she has experience and influence in Washington. When that's the primary concern when choosing corporate leaders we are in serious trouble. It's not good for the market, or for governance.
"In a way she's perfect for that role at Facebook, because she's a good manager and operator and has been at Google and now at Facebook but also she has worked in DC, in Washington and knows the Beltway inside out."
(Nothing against Mrs Sandberg. She seems competent and accomplished.  But this is a scary way to organize a society.)

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