Former Chief Ethics Officer
Rob Chesnut is the chief ethics officer of Airbnb Inc., a role he took on in late 2019 after almost four years as Airbnb's general counsel. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. He worked for 14 years with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted bank robberies, kidnappings, murders and espionage cases, including the prosecution of CIA employee Aldrich Ames. Rob joined eBay in 1999 as its third lawyer, led the company's North America legal team, and later founded its trust and safety team. Rob subsequently spent six years as general counsel and first attorney at digital education leader Chegg, where he helped take the company public in 2013. He joined Airbnb in 2016, where he grew the legal team from 30 legal professionals to over 150 in 20 offices around the world. His team led initiatives to promote home sharing and address regulatory issues with local governments and landlords around the world. Rob developed a popular interactive employee program, Integrity Belongs Here, to help promote ethics throughout the company culture. His book Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution is set for publication by St Martin's Press in July of 2020. Rob works with companies to help them develop strategies to make integrity a focus of their culture. He lives in San Francisco.