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Facebook Taps Genentech Veteran for Board

Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 7:06 AM ET
A Nasdaq television reporter is seen inside the Nasdaq studios as the Facebook logo is displayed on a ticker board.
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A Nasdaq television reporter is seen inside the Nasdaq studios as the Facebook logo is displayed on a ticker board.

Facebook appointed a former Genentech executive to its board of directors on Wednesday, the social networking company's latest move to expand its boardroom following its initial public offering last May.

Susan Desmond-Hellman, the Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, becomes Facebook's ninth director and the second woman on its board.

A former president of product development at Roche Group-owned biotechnology company Genentech, Desmond-Hellman also sits on the board of directors of Procter & Gamble.

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Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg cited Desmond-Hellman's experience shaping public policy and operating public companies.

Desmond-Hellman will serve on the board effective immediately, but will have to be elected by shareholders, along with the other Facebook directors, at the company's annual meeting in June.

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg joined Facebook's board in June 2012, a month after the company's rocky initial public offering.

The world's No. 1 online social network became the only U.S. company to debut with a market value of more than $100 billion. But its shares plunged more than 50 percent in the months after the IPO on concerns about its long-term money making prospects.

Facebook shares have rebounded roughly 56 percent from their 52-week low, finishing Wednesday's regular trading session at $27.45.

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