Since 2008, Sheryl Sandberg has been managing multiple facets of Facebook’s business, including everything from sales and marketing to business development and communications. Tenacious, smart and experienced, Sandberg could be the one to help Microsoft make good on its recent realignment and execute against its services-and-devices-first strategy.
Before joining Facebook, Sandberg was VP of global online sales and operations at Google. Most important, she helped Facebook do what a lot of doubters didn’t think could be done: make the company profitable. Business Insider calls her “at once a safe, but exciting bet.” That sounds like a good combo to me.