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Catherine Powell

Catherine Powell, Global Head of Hosting

Catherine Powell is responsible for managing our global community of Hosts, including Homes and Experiences. Catherine's responsibilities include overseeing Airbnb’s regional operations teams, the Host Community team, the Commercial Team and the Experiential Creative Product team, as well as developing standards, education, products and features for Airbnb's Host community. She also serves on the board of, an independent nonprofit, which provides support for people in times of crisis. 

Prior to Airbnb, Catherine was at Disney for more than 15 years where she most recently served as President of Disney Parks Western Region in the United States and Disneyland Paris in France. Before that, Catherine served as Présidente for the Euro Disney Group’s Disneyland Paris. Prior to joining Disney, Catherine worked for BBC Worldwide for seven years.

Catherine is a graduate of Oxford University where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and her dog, where she is an Airbnb Host.