Airbnb has appointed Brent Thomas as Regional Policy Director for
Thomas takes over from Mike Orgill who is now
Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Thomas has been with Airbnb since 2016 and most recently
was Head of Public Policy for Australia, New Zealand, India and
Southeast Asia. In this role, Thomas worked with policymakers to
develop regulations that now cover more than 70% of the Airbnb community in Australia.
He was also
responsible for developing partnerships with a range of government
and non-government organisations, including Emergency Management
Victoria, Maharashtra Tourism, the New Zealand Ministry of Civil
Defence and Emergency Management and United Voice - the union that
supports cleaning workers in Australia.
“We know that
Airbnb’s community-based model and authentic, sustainable travel
delivers enormous benefits to local families, businesses and
communities. With his proven track record, Brent will spearhead
our work with governments to support and promote the opportunities
our community generates,” Siew Kum Hong, Airbnb’s Regional
Director for Asia Pacific, said.
Prior to working at
Airbnb, Thomas held senior policy and corporate affairs roles in
the banking and technology sectors, including Vice President,
Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at MasterCard, Head of
Corporate Affairs at eBay and Chief of Staff to the Managing
Director of PayPal Australia.
Thomas holds a Master of Business
Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management
and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney.