Rob Chestnut

Rob is the former General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer of Airbnb, former head of eBay’s legal team, and bestselling author of Intentional Integrity.


Rob speaks on the following topics:

Building a culture of integrity and ethics

Leadership and ethics

Ethical dilemmas in a business context

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Highlights from Rob's CV

5 years as Airbnb’s General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. He worked for 14 years with the U.S. Justice Department, where he prosecuted bank robberies, kidnappings, murder, and espionage cases, including the prosecution of CIA employees Aldrich Ames and Harold Nicholson

Joined eBay in 1999 as its third lawyer, where he led eBay’s North America legal team and later founded its Trust and Safety team

Spent 6 years as the General Counsel at digital education leader Chegg, where he helped take the company public in 2013

Joined Airbnb in early 2016, where he grew the legal team from 30 to over 150 legal professionals 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

Developed a popular interactive employee program, Integrity Belongs Here, to help drive ethics throughout the culture at the company

His bestselling book Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution was published by St Martin’s Press in July 2020

Works with companies to help them develop strategies to drive integrity into their culture. He lives in San Francisco, CA, and can be reached at


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