Slack’s Chief Product Officer, April Underwood announced her departure from the company. She took this decision to focus on her co-founded organization, #Angels. This organization focusses on investing in female founders. April spent four years with Slack and prepared some excellent strategies to contribute to the growth of Slack. It was because of her intelligent product decisions that helped Slack to get popular as a messaging app for office use. She was considered the right hand to Slack CEO and founder Stewart Butterfield.
Following her departure from Slack, Underwood will join her 2015 co-founded organization, #Angels. She is leaving at the time when Slack is expected IPO this year. Tamar Yehoshua, who led the Google search team will replace her as Chief Product Officer of Slack. Before joining Slack, Underwood had worked at Twitter and Google. After joining Slack, she led the launch of the Slack Platform, built its enterprise product. She also started a Slack Fund that backs 49 startups and helped to assemble its product team. All these accomplishments helped Slack to bear the competition from Microsoft on good terms.
“At Slack, I’ve worked closely with brilliant founders to build a product that is transforming how millions of people get their work done every day,” Underwood wrote in a Medium blog post announcing her move. “Looking back, I realize: I learned how to work, then I worked hard, and eventually I got the chance to help shape how millions of other people work as a product leader and executive here at Slack.”
“Beyond her accomplishments in building out the product and expanding the business, April has been an exceptional leader at this company,” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield wrote in a blog post. “She has expanded and steered her team through a time of hypergrowth, and honed a high-performance-but-deeply-human culture of craftsmanship and relentless customer focus.”