Airbnb announced in a blog post that Angela Ahrendts has joined the company's board as the third independent non-affiliated Board Member, joining Ken Chenault and Ann Mather. Ahrendts recently left Apple where she oversaw global retail and created a seamless customer experience by integrating the company’s physical and digital businesses across its online store, app and more than 500 retail stores.
Airbnb is looking to create an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place. This will require new channels to service customers where Ahrendt's experience will be invaluable.
In a statement, Airbnb's CEO & co-Founder Brian Chesky, said: "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. She has led global brands through transformation, completely redefined the retail experience, and has done it all while putting customers and communities first. I’m so excited for her to join our Board and know her innovative thinking will make us a better company.”
Prior to Apple, Ahrendts spent eight years as CEO for luxury brand Burberry where she led the company’s turnaround by focusing on world-class design and service and emphasizing culture, values and positive energy, resulting in a tripling of the business. Before Burberry, she spent 25 years in New York as Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career as President of Donna Karan International. A native of Indiana, Angela has a B.A. from Ball State University where she was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 2010.