Airbnb adds Angela Ahrendts to board of directors

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Angela Ahrendts.
Angela Ahrendts at the iPhone X keynote.
Photo: Apple

It didn’t take Angela Ahrendts much time to find a new project after stepping down as Apple’s retail boss last month.

Ahrendts has reportedly accepted an offer to be Airbnb’s latest board member, becoming the second woman to get a seat the company’s big table.

Angela joined Apple after serving as the CEO of Burberry for a number of years. She served as the VP of retail for five years. During her time in charge, Apple stores were given a more unified theme and redesigned with an aim at turning them into “town square” locations for the public. Ahrendts was one of Apple’s highest-paid executives and one of the highest-paid women in the US. She made more than CEO Tim Cook some years.

Angela moves into Airbnb

Airbnb announced Ahrendts’ addition to the board this morning and cited her “redefining the retail experience” and “putting customers and communities first” as key qualities.

“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.”

Ahrendts joins former Pixar CFO Ann Mather as the only two women on Airbnb’s board. The company reportedly plans to file an IPO later this year.