Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to Head Back to Work After Husband’s Death

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is transitioning back to work slightly more than a week after her husband unexpectedly died while vacationing in Mexico, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.

Instead of taking more time off, Sandberg has decided to return to the office but on a modified schedule. She plans to be at work when her two children are at school and has suspended travel for work, the spokeswoman confirmed.

The company scheduled a moment of silence Monday at Facebook’s headquarters to honor Sandberg’s husband, 47-year-old SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg.

Tech site Re/code, which first reported the story, said that Sandberg decided to return to work after receiving advice from child psychologists who suggested that kids often benefit from routines after a period of grief.

A Facebook spokeswoman said she could not provide any more details about Sandberg’s transition.

Last week, high-ranking tech executives and others packed the Stanford Memorial Auditorium for Goldberg’s memorial service.

Meanwhile, GoPro executive Zander Lurie is serving as temporary executive chairman of SurveyMonkey’s board as the tech firm searches for a new CEO.