Tesla names Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia to board

San Francisco, Sept. 29 (IANS): Tesla, led by Elon Musk, has named billionaire and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia to its board.

According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gebbia replaced Oracle president and chief technical officer Larry Ellison, who left the board earlier this year.

“We are excited to welcome Joe Gebbia to the Tesla Board of Directors, effective September 25, 2022,” Tesla said in a blog post Wednesday.

In July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised Gebbia for stepping down from his role at Airbnb after “14 crazy years.”

Gebbia, designer and entrepreneur, spent the last 14 years of his career as co-founder of Airbnb. The service he built with his co-founders transformed the hospitality industry, enabling travelers seeking local experiences to book homes in nearly any country in the world.

“Since inception in 2007 in its San Francisco living room, Airbnb has empowered more than 4 million hosts to share their homes with mutual trust. Hosts have since welcomed more than a billion guests and earned more than $150 billion, creating economic impact around the world,” Tesla said.

More recently, Gebbia stepped down from her full-time operations role and transitioned into an advisory role while serving on the board of Airbnb and Airbnb.org.

He’s started work on his next startup, acquired a stake in the San Antonio Spurs, gives back through his commitment to the Giving Pledge, and sits on other boards and councils.

Ellison joined Tesla’s board in 2018, along with former Walgreens executive Kathleen Wilson-Thompson.

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