Facebook Inc. has scored a coup by hiring a top Google executive to be its new chief operating officer, Forbes.com reported Tuesday.
Sheryl Sandberg had been Google's vice president of global online sales and operations for the past six years and helped build the Internet search leader into one of the top online companies.
Palo Alto-based Facebook has tripled its audience in the last 11 months to 66 million users, making it the second-largest networking Web site behind MySpace.com.
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg credited Sandberg as "a great manager who will help scale Facebook's operations globally."
"I am certainly not leaving Google because there is anything wrong there," Sandberg told the Associated Press. "I think Google's best days are still ahead."
Sandberg, 38, brings some seasoned leadership to the young Palo Alto company.
Facebook has 500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue, compared to Google's 17,000 employees and $16 billion in annual revenue.
Zuckerberg reportedly hopes to take Facebook public in 2009 or 2010. He rejected a $1 billion offer from Yahoo! in 2006.