Former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has joined Airbnb`s board of directors from Ayman's blog

Angela Ahrendts

  • Apple`s former retail chief Angela Ahrendts is joining Airbnb`s board of directors, the company announced on Thursday.
  • Ahrendts departed Apple in April for "new personal and professional pursuits."
  • This is Ahrendts` first big professional move since ending her five-year run at Apple. 

Former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has joined Airbnb`s board of directors, the travel booking firm announced on Thursday. It marks her first professional move since departing Apple in April.

Ahrendts is joining Airbnb as the company`s third independent non-affiliated board member along with outgoing American Express CEO Ken Chenault and former Pixar chief financial officer Ann Mather. When describing what Ahrendts brings to the company, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky cited her track record of "redefining the retail experience" and "putting customers and communities first" in a statement issued in a press release. Ahrendts also said she has "a deep admiration and respect" for the Airbnb founders` vision.

"I am elated by the opportunity to join Airbnb`s Board of Directors at this important phase on the incredible journey of the company and its community of hosts and guests," Ahrendts said in a press release. "I have known Brian, Joe and Nate for years and have a deep admiration and respect for their vision, purpose and the positive impact they want Airbnb to make in communities all around the world."

Apple announced in February that Ahrendts would leave the company in April for "new personal and professional pursuits." It appointed longtime human resources executive Deirdre O`Brien as senior vice president of People + Retail, a new role that would encompass the taking over of Ahrendts` responsibilities for the company`s online and retail stores.

Apple did not elaborate further on the reason behind Ahrendts` departure. But a recent report from Bloomberg suggested that Apple Store employees had felt that the company`s retail chain had slumped in recent years under Ahrendts` leadership and aren`t as efficient at serving customers as they once were. 

Ahrendts recently spoke with LinkedIn`s Jessi Hempel about her time at Apple and the lessons she learned while working there. "What I`ve learned from them after I hit 140 stores is never forget where you came from, and use that as your foundation," she said.

Ahrendts joined Apple in 2013 just before the Apple Watch`s debut after serving as the CEO of Burberry for eight years. With a total compensation of 26.5 million in 2018, she was one of the company`s highest-paid executives.

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Watch Mark Zuckerberg outline Facebook`s new 6-principle approach to privacy

Previous post     
     Next post
     Blog home

The Wall

No comments
You need to sign in to comment

Like Us On FB

Follow Ayman

Blogger Tricks


hany Basic


Ayman Admin
U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania,... more
Ayman 15 minutes ago
Ayman Admin
The United States sees signs the Syrian government... more
Ayman 15 minutes ago
Ayman Admin
A flying taxi that you can order through an app? T... more
Ayman 16 minutes ago
Ayman Admin
HQ Trivia, the live game show app, is introducing... more
Ayman 17 minutes ago
Ayman Admin
Amazon is testing a pilot program in five fulfill... more
Ayman 17 minutes ago
Journalist Vip
Masks are one of the few things on the earth that ... more
Journalist 17 minutes ago
Journalist Vip
Read more...More about Dungeons Dragons, Mashable... more
Journalist 17 minutes ago
Journalist Vip
Tesla is embracing the growing demand for consumer... more
Journalist 17 minutes ago
Ayman Admin
Coca-Cola is hoping a failed product from the 1980... more
Ayman Yesterday, 23:43
Ayman Admin
Despite early struggles in the United States, Germ... more
Ayman Yesterday, 23:43


6 members
10 members
11 members
19 members
27 members
  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed details of her "new Brexit deal," which includes concessions intended to appease Britain's opposition Labour Party, and is almost certain to be her final attempt to get the troubled agreement across the line.
    Yesterday, 21:58
  • Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said his country won't negotiate with President Donald Trump unless the US shows Tehran "respect" by honoring its commitments under the disputed nuclear deal.
    Yesterday, 21:42
  • Noon in the Yemen. A sullen hour with the sun at its scorching zenith, the entire country is tense, on the verge of a national itch. When matters of war, and near-famine, fade to irrelevance.
    Yesterday, 17:10

Top Rated Blogs


Google this