Tesla names Airbnb co-founder to board of directors TechCrunch

Tesla has named Airbnb co-founder and billionaire Joe Gebbia to its board, according to a securities filing.

Gebbia, a designer who co-founded Airbnb, officially joined the board on September 25 as an independent director.

His appointment comes a few months after leaving the day-to-day operations of Airbnb. He is now an advisor to the short-term rental company and also sits on its board of directors. Gebbia is also a board member of, an organization that encourages its hosts to open homes in times of crisis.

Gebbia gave up any right to cash compensation, according to the filing released Wednesday. He also has waived equity compensation until July 2023.

Gebbia replaces Oracle founder, president and chief technical officer Larry Ellison, who left the board earlier this year. Ellison joined the board in 2018, alongside former Walgreens executive Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, as part of Tesla’s settlement with US securities regulators over CEO Elon Musk’s infamous tweets about privatization of the company. Musk also had to step down as chairman of the board and pay a $20 million fine as part of the settlement.

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