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Airbnb Hires Ex-Mayors to Advise on Pressure From City Governments

The room-rental website creates an advisory board including former mayors of Philadelphia and Rome as it faces a coordinated effort from cities around the world.
The logos of Airbnb Inc. sit on banners displayed outside a media event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Airbnb is hoping to spread its unique brand of hospitality throughout Africa.
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Airbnb Inc. is recruiting a set of former mayors to help the home-rental company navigate its ongoing challenges with regulators at the city level.

The company said Friday it has formed an advisory council of four former mayors from Houston, Philadelphia, Rome, and Adelaide, Australia. It hopes to add more mayors, especially from Asia, Latin America, and other regions.