Sheryl Sandberg had an opportunity to be CEO of LinkedIn in 2006, but turned down the job, she reveals in her new book, “Lean In”.
Sandberg says that in 2006, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman approached her about being the CEO of LinkedIn. At the time, she was 37, and she had been at Google for five years.
She was definitely interested in a new challenge, but running LinkedIn may have been too big of a challenge. She still wanted to have another child and so she passed on the job.
Smart move! She later became COO of Facebook, acting as a powerful second in command for Mark Zuckerberg.