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Airbnb Hires CFO and HR Head in Effort to Grow Senior Team

In a critical hire to solidify its top corporate ranks, Airbnb has hired Intuit finance exec Andrew Swain as CFO.

At Intuit, he was VP of finance for the financial software company’s $1.5 billion consumer group, which includes its well-known TurboTax, Quicken and Mint products. Previous to that, Swain was VP of corporate strategy and development.

Swain also worked at the Boston Consulting Group. He got an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the University of Manchester.

The San Francisco-based Airbnb said that Swain would “provide strategic leadership and build the company’s financial infrastructure as it continues its rapid global growth.”

AirBnb also hired a head of talent — former Apple HR exec Joni Reicher. She was most recently senior director of HR, focused on Apple’s sales org and also on its international recruiting.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik