No, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is not joining Disney

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Facebook’s influential chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is staying put.

A source close to Sandberg told VentureBeat late Tuesday that the highly active Facebook exec is not leaving the company to take the reigns of the Walt Disney Company when current CEO Bob Iger steps down in two years after his contract ends.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Sandberg is being eyed for the job and that she was considering the gig, a contention that was immediately dismissed as totally untrue by the source.

“There have been no conversations with Disney. It’s not true. It’s a false rumor,” the source told VentureBeat.

Sandberg, who joined Facebook in 2008 and helped bring the company to profitability, has a seat on Disney’s board of directors, among other renowned firms. Indeed, Sandberg left a lucrative executive position at Google to join Facebook.

Sandberg, in fact, has been very busy in the Valley, both inside and outside of the social media giant. Her latest book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, was a national best seller. Sandberg is married to Survey Monkey chief executive David Goldberg. Survey Monkey is a web-based survey startup which is funded, in part, by Google Capital.

She also officially launched the “Ban Bossy” campaign last week in an effort to get girls and women to move beyond the “bossy” label, because, as Sandberg said, it is a term that limits the possibilities in the workplace for young females.

“Ban Bossy” was launched conjunction with her non-profit website Leanin.org, and singer Beyonce also announced she was joining the campaign.

Press reports place Sandberg’s net worth in excess of $1 billion.

Disney did not respond to requests for comment.

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