Fiveoffices Appoints Former Airbnb Chief As Third CEO

Philippe Coulon, pictured, serves as CEO of FiveOffices since July 2023 (Photo: FiveOffices)
Philippe Coulon, pictured, serves as CEO of Fiveoffices since July 2023 (Photo © Fiveoffices)

Smart office space solution Fiveoffices has appointed a new CEO, marking its second change in the top job in a year. 

French business publication Paperjam announced here that Philippe Coulon, who worked for Airbnb Europe for five years, took charge of Luxembourg startup Fiveoffices from Carolyn Prestat in July. 

The Fiveoffices model is not dissimilar to that of Airbnb in that it enables companies with office space to spare to rent it out to companies seeking more flexible lease arrangements. 

Coulon’s appointment makes him the third CEO at the SaaS platform since it was founded in July 2022 – Prestat replaced Benjamin Tillier in January after joining as COO in September 2022. 

Paperjam cited co-founder Robert Glaesener as saying that Prestat “wanted to devote herself to other personal projects”.

The platform has experienced considerable growth in France after opening a Paris office in October 2022. In March 2023, it raised €3.2m, which was expected to drive growth into the UK market. 

Fiveoffices is not the first startup environment for Coulon, who previously worked for tax declaration solution TaxFix and expense-billing platform Pleo.

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