Airbnb said Thursday that Angela Ahrendts is joining its board of directors. She’s Apple’s former retail boss and is the second woman to join the home rental company’s board. Airbnb wrote in a blog post that its goal is to have its board help it reimagine travel by “building an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place.” The company said Ahrendts will bring to its board expertise in creativity, community building and the ability to scale. Ahrendts left Apple in April after working at the company for five years. She’d been the company’s highest-ranking and highest-profile female executive since she joined the company in 2014. In her position as Apple’s head of retail, Ahrendts oversaw more than 500 Apple stores in 25 countries. In addition to selling iPhones and Macs, she aimed to turn the stores into community gathering places. Before Apple, Ahrendts was the CEO of the luxury fashion brand Burberry. “Angela has a reputation for pushing brands to dream big, and she told me that’s exactly what she hopes to bring to Airbnb’s board,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a statement. Chesky said last May that the company was planning to appoint at least one female board member in the upcoming year. He said his goal was to bring more diversity to the company’s board. In August, former Disney and Pixar executive Ann Mather was the first woman added to Airbnb’s board. The majority… [Read full story]
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