Activision Blizzard CEO Frances Townsend
Frances Townsend is a former U.S. Homeland Security Adviser and the CEO of Activision Blizzard. She has been in the public eye for her work with U.S. President George W. Bush, where she helped lead efforts to prevent terrorism after 9/11 and her current position leading one of the world’s largest gaming companies.
She began working at Activision Blizzard in 2016, when she became its first female CEO ever, taking over from Bobby Kotick, who had led it since 2008. At that time, Kotick was also Chairman and CEO of Activision Publishing which he continues to run today while giving Townsend responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the company’s worldwide operations, including publishing brands like Call Of Duty®, Destiny™, and Skylanders®.
Activision Blizzard is a powerhouse in the gaming industry, with over $40 billion in revenues and nearly 9000 employees across 20 countries. Townsend has been praised for her work so far, revitalizing its publishing business and helping it expand into new markets like mobile gaming. She’s also been a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, speaking out against discrimination and harassment of women and other minorities. In an interview with The Verge, she said, “I don’t ever want to be CEO of another company that isn’t diverse.”
Townsend brings a wealth of experience to Activision Blizzard from her time in government and the private sector. She’s also known for being highly analytical and data-driven, which should come in handy as the gaming industry continues to grow and evolve. In a statement about her appointment, Kotick said, “Frances is one of the most impressive and well-respected executives in the world and she has a proven track record of driving growth and profitability in businesses with broad global scale.” We can’t wait to see what she does next at Activision Blizzard!
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