Chris LeHane | Influence 100
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Chris LeHane

Head of Global Policy & Communications
AirBnB
US

@chrislehane

 

As AirBnB head of global policy and communications, Chris Lehane is charged with navigating the challenges and complexities that come with representing one of the true, and original, disruptor brands — in this case, to the travel industry. Just take a look at his job description: Lahane works “with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere.”

Lehane is extraordinarily well-equipped to handle the role, considering his impressive career leading up to joining the organization in 2015. Lehane has provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, he held various positions in the Clinton Administration, including acting as press secretary to vice president Al Gore and special assistant counsel to president Bill Clinton. A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Stanford business school lecturer.