What you need to know
- Airbnb has hired Jony Ive in a creative consultant role.
- The former Chief Design Officer at Apple will assist with the company's design and marketing.
- Ive joins Hiroki Asai, another former Apple executive who worked on the iPhone.
Airbnb has announced a special collaboration with former Apple exec Jony Ive. In a release (opens in new tab) Wednesday the companies CEO Brian Chesky stated:
As Reported by The Information (opens in new tab), Chesky has confirmed that the company's current Chief Design Officer, Alex Schleifer, would be moving to a part-time role. According to Chesky, bringing Ive on board is part of a "multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb products and services."
According to the report, Ive's role could afford him major influence over its website, app, and marketing.
Ive will be joining Hiroki Asai, another former Apple executive who is now serving as the company's global head of marketing.
Asai, like Ive, had also worked together at Apple on the launch of the iPhone.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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