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Facebook boss joins Disney

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Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is to join the board of Walt Disney.

Disney's boardroom is already graced by Apple boss Steve Jobs and presumably the company hopes Sandberg will help it improve its online and interactive offerings.

Robert Iger, Disney's President and CEO said: "Sheryl has been at the forefront of a technological revolution that's opened up a world of new possibilities for consumers and which has greatly affected the way we do business."

Sandberg was previously sales boss at Google - she joined Facebook in March 2008. She is also on the board of Starbucks.

Her appointment, and that of the other 12 directors, needs to be approved by Disney shareholders at the next AGM in March.

Facebook has turned over more than $500m, according to one of its directors. Disney's revenues were around $36bn. ®

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