Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has decided to become a member of the SurveyMonkey’s Board of Director following the death of her husband, SurveyMonkey Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Dave Goldberg. Sandberg made the announcement in a heartfelt post on Facebook.
“Yesterday David Ebersman and I joined the board of SurveyMonkey – becoming part of a team that I have also come to love.” (Read: Sandberg’s Moving Post Goes Viral.)
Sandberg had previously worked with Ebersman in Facebook where the latter used to serve as Chief Financial Officer before becoming a co-founder and CEO of Lyra Health as reported by New York Times.
As for her decision to get involved with SurveyMonkey, Sandberg explained, “My beloved husband Dave Goldberg loved SurveyMonkey and the incredible people who work there. He was so proud of their success – and the way they quietly changed an entire industry and helped so many people make better decisions.”
Dave Goldberg passed away last May 1, 2015 at age 47. USA Today has reported that he died as a result of an accidental blunt force trauma while possibly exercising on a treadmill. He and his family were vacationing in Punta Mita in Mexico at that time.
Upon his death, Sandberg took to Facebook to celebrate her late husband’s memory, “We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine… He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved – and I will carry that with me always. Most importantly, he gave me the two most amazing children in the world.”
Meanwhile, SurveyMonkey, Inc. has revealed on its website that Bill Veghte will soon join the company as its CEO. Prior to going on board the company, Veghte has served several roles in Hewlett-Packard, most recently as the Executive Vice President of the Enterprise Group. Before that, he also served as HP’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer as well as Executive Vice President of HP Software.
Meanwhile, early on in his career, Veghte was also among the first people in Microsoft who worked on the development of Microsoft Office. He will be joining SurveyMonkey on Aug 3, 2015.
Of Veghte’s appointment, Sandberg could not be more confident. In her Facebook post, she said, “I’m excited to be part of SurveyMonkey’s future, and to work with the new CEO, Bill Veghte. Bill has held leadership positions at some of tech’s biggest companies and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
In a post honoring Goldberg, SurveyMonkey has taken note that while their late CEO enjoyed playing pranks an April Fools, he would not laugh much if he thinks something is wrong with the business. As SurveyMonkey recounted, “Brent C. from the revenue team recalled one April Fools’ Day prank where he manipulated the daily business report to include some really scary numbers. When Dave saw the report, ‘he came to my desk and asked me if I’d seen the numbers since it looked like a terrible day and we needed to identify the problems.’ I said, ‘but Dave, it’s April 1st.’ He said, ‘That shouldn’t matter it’s not a holiday and there shouldn’t be any year over year issues that would cause this kind of issue.’ So I said, ‘But Dave, it’s April Fools Day.’ And he said, ‘But that shouldn’t…’ And then he paused. ‘Okay,’ he said with a grin. ‘You got me.'”
SurveyMonkey’s numbers have been anything but bad, actually. In fact, Financial Review reports that the company that takes pride in helping businesses gauge customer satisfaction through online survey now has over 500 employees and was valued at $2 billion last December.