The Walt Disney Company has nominated Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, the social networking phenomenon, as an independent board director, effective from the company’s next annual meeting in March 2010.

Sandberg has served as COO of Facebook since March 2008 where she has been responsible for building the utility’s global operations and managing its sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications functions.

"Sheryl is an outstanding executive who can add incredible value to what is already a diverse and highly experienced group of directors," said Disney chairman John Pepper. "She brings great expertise in the online world, considerable international experience and a deep understanding of consumer behaviour."