This is a major recruitment for the online hosting platform, which has to face heavy fire from critics. Airbnb announced on Monday the hiring of Ron Klain, President Joe Biden's former right-hand man in the White House, as its chief legal officer. "Ron is both a strategist who can take a step back and someone who is good at implementation," the company's chief executive, Brian Chesky, said in a statement. He said it was "unthinkable to pass up the chance to work with Brian (Chesky) and his incredible leadership team."
Ron Klain, 62, is due to take office on January 1, 2024, and comes at a complicated time for the online hosting platform. Many major cities around the world have decided to severely limit the activities of Airbnb, which is accused of driving up the cost of housing while reducing the rental supply.
Since the beginning of September, for example, New York has banned landlords from renting apartments or rooms for a period of less than 30 days, except under very strict conditions. Ron Klain, a long-time loyalist of Joe Biden, held for two years perhaps the most strategic position within the American state machine, that of "chief of staff".
This veritable conductor is responsible for advising the president, filtering the information that comes in and out of the Oval Office, supervises the dialogue with parliamentarians, sets communication to music, and manages staff. In the hit series "The West Wing," which takes place behind the scenes of the White House, the president, played by Martin Sheen, has this line: "Do you have a best friend? (...) Is he smarter than you? (...) Would you put your life in his hands? (...) That's him, your chief of staff.»