Mark Zuckerberg has reached out to Microsoft president Brad Smith which is bad for Sandberg because... that's basically her job

Business Insider | 12/11/2018 | Nick Bastone
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Mark Zuckerberg recently reach out to Microsoft president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, according to a report by The Information on Monday.

Smith reportedly told Zuckerberg he was happy at Microsoft and had no intention of leaving.

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The outreach to the Microsoft president should be cause for concern for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who holds a similar role to Smith at the social networking giant.

Earlier this year, Sandberg reportedly said she felt her job was in question and after a series of scandals in 2018, the COO's future at Facebook isn't looking any brighter.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reached out for advice to Microsoft president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, according to a report by The Information on Monday.

Though a formal job offer was not discussed, according to a person from the report familiar with the talk, Smith did tell Zuckerberg he was happy at Microsoft and had no intention of leaving.

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The consultation with the Microsoft exec may make sense for Zuckerberg, who reportedly has in the past turned to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for business advice. But it does not bode well for the company's current chief operating officer — Sheryl Sandberg.

As The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin pointed out on Twitter Monday, Smith and Sandberg perform somewhat similar roles at their respective companies. Meaning, if Smith were ever brought on to Facebook, Sandberg would likely have to go.

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Smith and Sandberg's roles aren't exactly the same, with each executive overseeing a slightly different portfolio of responsibilities. But Smith and Sandberg both essentially serve as the No.2 executive, alongside the CEO.

According to Facebook, Zuckerberg's outreach to Microsoft's Smith was not a recruiting call. A spokesperson sent the following statement to Business Insider: "After Cambridge Analytica, Mark reached out to a number of people - including Brad Smith - for advice on...
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