The business world was shocked and saddened to learn over the weekend that Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and the husband of Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg, had died suddenly while on vacation. On Monday, President Barack Obama joined the chorus of people sharing his condolences.
Obama took to the White House official Facebook page to offer his thoughts:
David Goldberg embodied the definition of a real leader – someone who was always looking for ways to empower others. He was generous and kind with everybody, and cared less about the limelight than making sure that the people he worked with and loved succeeded in whatever they did. His skills as an entrepreneur created opportunity for many; his love for his family was a joy to behold, and his example as a husband and father was something we could all learn from. We’re heartbroken by him leaving us far too soon – but we celebrate a remarkable legacy. -bo
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appreciated the note, writing “Thank you for this beautiful tribute” in a comment.