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Aristotle Balogh will join Airbnb as Chief Technology Officer

Airbnb hired Aristotle Balogh from Google for the position of chief technology officer.

Airbnb is a privately held company that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service which is accessible via its websites and mobile apps and is headquartered in San Francisco. They offer services such as lodging, homestays, and tourism experiences.

As the company expands, they are bringing a new chief technology officer as Airbnb is preparing for an expected initial public offering in the next two years. Former Google’s VP of engineering, Aristotle Balogh will join the company as CTO starting mid-November.

Prior to joining Google, Aristotle was CTO at Yahoo and serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Global Product Design for VeriSign Inc. He also held numerous technology leadership positions in big companies.

Michael Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb, was assigned to oversee all technical responsibilities when the co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk became the chief strategy officer who was then the CTO of Airbnb until January of 2017. Now that Balogh is already in, Curtis was said to leave the company.

Curtis said in a statement, Ari is someone who stood out as a driven by mission and values, and as a passionate technologist. Balogh will bring great experience and perspective to Airbnb, he further added.

Balogh will be reporting to Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb and be tasked to lead the infrastructure, information security, IT, engineering for payments, trust and community support.

According to Chesky, Balogh has a strong vision for keeping the community at the center of everything they do and every technical decision they make. He was also thrilled in Ari’s joining the company.