Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

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Social network founder will step back from the business temporarily once his daughter is born

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has said he will take two months of paternity leave once his daughter is born, pointing to studies that highlight the importance of spending time with newborn children.

The Facebook founder and his wife Priscilla Chan announced in July that they are expecting their first child. Mr. Zuckerberg said he had taken the “very personal decision” to take time away from the Nasdaq-listed firm after the birth.

“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote in a post on the social network. “At Facebook we offer our US employees up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, responded to the post to congratulate the couple: “Enjoy the precious early months with your daughter I can’t wait to meet her.” The company has not said who will run the business while Mr. Zuckerberg is away.

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