With a CV that includes Slack, Twitter and Google, it’s no wonder Zillow has appointed one of tech’s industry leaders, April Underwood, to its board of directors.
Underwood is currently vice president of product at Slack, the messaging platform for teams that brings all communication together, creating a single unified archive accessible through powerful search.
She joined Slack as head of platform in June 2015. Underwood also is a founding member of #Angels, a woman owned and operated angel investing group focused on helping grow technology start-ups. From 2010 until 2015, Underwood led product, marketing and business development teams as director of product at Twitter. Earlier in her career, she served in product and engineering roles of increasing responsibility at Climate Corp (WeatherBill), Google, Travelocity and Intel.
“April is widely recognised as an outstanding leader in the technology community,” said Zillow Group Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Rich Barton.
“Her extensive experience and unique perspective in technology product development, engineering, innovation and consumer engagement, as well as her deep understanding of the mobile and internet industries, will be a significant asset to Zillow Group’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled that she has agreed to join and I look forward to her contributions toward Zillow Group’s long-term success.”
Underwood says it was Zillow’s ethos that drove her interest in the company.
“I have long been inspired by Zillow Group’s mission to build the largest, most trusted and vibrant home-related marketplace in the world. I am honored to join the Board of Directors,” she said.
“Zillow Group’s people, culture, brands and partnerships are impressive and I look forward to working closely with Rich, Spencer and the other Board members to help support the company’s continued success.”
Underwood graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management Information Systems and Business Honors, and from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas) with an MBA. She has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to the technology industry, including Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016, Elle’s Women in Tech list in 2016 and Fast Company’s Most Creative People list in 2015.