Airbnb suspends marketing to save $800 million, top executives take pay cut

Airbnb Inc has suspended all its marketing activities to save $800 million this year, and its founders will take no salary for the next six months while top executives will take a 50% cut, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The home rental start-up has also paused hiring, with the exception of a very small number of critical roles, the source said.

Many U.S. companies have been rushing to borrow more money and boost their cash coffers as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic threatens a prolonged downturn.

Airbnb held a phone meeting with bankers on Wednesday to discuss extending an existing $1 billion debt facility as it grapples with a slowdown due to the coronavirus.

Airbnb has also informed employees that it is unlikely for them to receive a bonus in 2020, according to the source.

Earlier on Friday, The Information reported that when asked about layoffs, Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky told employees on Thursday that nothing is off the table.

“Airbnb is resilient and built to withstand tough times and we’re doing all we can to strengthen our community and our company.”