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Sheryl Sandberg & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)?

Just a name can excite investors. Yahoo! shares have nearly doubled in Mayer’s brief tenure, and that’s with revenue still showing no signs of life. AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) has run into a few bumps during Armstrong’s longer run, but the market’s still giving him the benefit of the doubt since the shares have appreciated nicely in his time at the helm.

Sandberg is a bigger name than Mayer and Armstrong. She’s tasted success at the two most prolific online companies on the planet. One of them is Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s biggest enemy. The other is an ally. This year’s publication of  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead has become a Silicon Valley anthem of feminism, but its very premise — that women need to lean in when opportunities present themselves in meetings instead of leaning back — may also explain why she would take the position if it’s offered.

CEO at Microsoft? You can’t lean in any more than that.

The article Is Sheryl Sandberg Microsoft’s Next CEO? originally appeared on and is written by Rick Munarriz.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook, Google, and Yahoo! It owns shares of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

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