Airbnb has hired famed former Apple designer Jony Ive as a
creative consultant ahead of its initial public offering, CEO
Brian Chesky said Wednesday. The hire is the most significant in a
series of moves that has shaken up Airbnb’s creative team, a key
department in a company known for its emphasis on branding.
The company told employees Wednesday that longtime chief design
officer Alex Schleifer would leave his executive position, moving
to a part-time role. Chesky described Ive’s appointment as “a
multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb
products and services.” The company will still seek a permanent
replacement for Schleifer.