Apple’s Former Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts Named to Airbnb’s Board of Directors

Apple’s former retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who left the company last month after five years, has joined Airbnb’s board of directors.


Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in May 2018 said that he planned to appoint at least one woman to the company’s board, according to CNN. Ahrendts will be the second woman to join Airbnb’s board after Ann Mather of Pixar and Disney in August 2018.

“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,” said Chesky.

Prior to working at Apple, Ahrendts was the CEO of famous fashion company Burberry, and before that, she held positions at Liz Claiborne and Donna Karan. Ahrendts joined Apple at a time when Apple was experimenting with luxury products, such as the $10,000-plus 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition in 2015.

Ahrendts was succeeded by longtime Apple executive Deirdre O’Brien, who now oversees both human resources and retail aspects of the company.