Bohutinsky was an early Zillow employee and spent 13 years at the online real estate giant in a variety of leadership roles including chief marketing officer before leaving in January. She’s still on the company’s board of directors and is also on the board at Gap. Bohutinsky was previously a board director at HotelTonight and legal tech company Avvo.
TCV invests in tech companies and has been active in the Seattle-area startup scene, buying stakes in companies such as Zillow, Rover, Expedia, Avvo, and Avalara, among others.
“Along with her extensive operational knowledge, Amy is an expert communicator and storyteller — she began her career in broadcast journalism and then ran communications for Hotwire before joining Zillow,” TCV general partner Woody Marshall said in a statement. “We believe this combination makes her especially effective in engaging with founders, management teams, and influencers across a multitude of industries.”
At Zillow Group, Amy Bohutinsky spearheaded learning and development for the real estate media company, managing the “people side” of the business with a focus on company culture, hiring, retention, and marketing.
— Olly Downs joined e-commerce company Zulily as vice president of data and machine learning. Downs previously founded Seattle-based AI-powered marketing firm Amplero and was most recently senior director of customer analytics at Zillow Group, where he worked for just eight months after departing Amplero last year.
“As a seasoned technologist, entrepreneur and leader, Olly will help our team continue building and innovating Zulily’s personalized shopping experience for millions of customers around the globe,” Zulily CIO Luke Friang said in a statement. “In addition, Olly will be pivotal in leading the next phase of our machine learning strategy, to expand our use of this technology across the business – from acquisition and retention marketing, to merchandising planning, supply chain and more.”
Downs previously worked at Seattle-area startups INRIX, AdReady, Atigeo and Mindset Media.
Founded in 2009 by Darrell Cavens and Mark Vadon, Zulily was acquired for $2.4 billion in 2015 by QVC parent Qurate. The company employs 3,500 people around the world, including 1,300 in Seattle, where it recently inked a big jersey sponsorship deal with the Seattle Sounders.