Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey to Leave Disney’s Board

Facebook Inc.’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Inc.’s Jack Dorsey are stepping down from Walt Disney Co.’s house as a augmenting foe between media and record companies creates new conflicts.


Sandberg, Facebook’s arch handling officer, and Dorsey, Twitter’s arch executive officer, aren’t using for re-election during a annual assembly scheduled for Mar 8, according to a Disney filing Friday. Orin Smith, a 75-year-old lead eccentric director, and Robert Matschullat, 70, also won’t mount for re-election since of tenure and age boundary for house members.

“Given a elaborating business and a businesses Ms. Sandberg and Mr. Dorsey are in, it has turn increasingly formidable for them to equivocate conflicts relating to house matters,” Disney pronounced in a statement.

The changes will leave a Disney house with one fewer executive than final year as a association pursues a due $52.4 billion merger of many of 21st Century Fox Inc. As a party attention continues to connect and a worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood merge, Disney’s house has during times found itself carrying to understanding with conflicts of interest.

Two years ago Disney followed an merger of Twitter, Dorsey’s company. Twitter and Facebook have also bid on and won a rights to tide live sporting events, a bedrock business for Disney and a ESPN network.

Video Competition

Facebook has escalated efforts around video programming, a remunerative expansion area for a company’s promotion business, that brought in $10.1 billion final year. Twitter, too, has done some-more forays into video. Dorsey’s organisation announced video streaming partnerships in May with 16 media companies, including some Disney competitors. Twitter also has a partnership with Bloomberg LP.

Disney confirmed ties to a tech universe by a house after a genocide of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, once a company’s largest shareholder. The party hulk named dual members to a house in December, drumming CEOs from a program and biotech industries.

Safra Catz, co-CEO of program hulk Oracle Corp., and Francis Desouza, conduct of Illumina Inc., will join a house on Feb. 1. General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra became a Disney executive in August.

Disney’s house extended CEO Bob Iger’s agreement final month for nonetheless another dual years, in tie with a due Fox acquisition. The 66-year-old is now scheduled to leave a association in 2021, a fourth time a association deferred his designed retirement date.

— With assistance by Mark Bergen

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