Frances Townsend: Corporate Affairs V.P. of Activision Blizzard
Frances Townsend is the Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer of Activision Blizzard. She also served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism from 2004-2008 during George W. Bush’s presidency (CFR). When she joined Activision Blizzard in 2016, her duties included overseeing regulatory affairs compliance and corporate governance (Activision).
Townsend is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York (Chubb). Townsend has also held several positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security (CFR).
She has been a director at Chubb Corporation since 2012; she was previously on their board of directors from 2007-2012. Her other current positions include being an adviser to the New York Stock Exchange Board Committee on Company Listing Standards Review Task Force, sitting on the advisory boards at Cisco Systems Inc., Deloitte LLP, General Motors Company, Intel Corporation, and Promontory Financial Group, and being a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Chubb). Townsend has also been recognized as one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” from 2009-2017 and as one of Crain’s New York Business’s “Most Powerful Women in New York” from 2013-2017 (Fortune, Crain’s).
Townsend has a long and impressive resume that makes her an excellent candidate for the current role. Her experience in the public and private sectors and her expertise in national security make her perfectly suited to handle the various responsibilities of Activision Blizzard’s Corporate Affairs V.P. She has a clear passion for her work. It is evident in her dedication to ensuring that Activision Blizzard operates ethically and within the bounds of the law. I’m excited to see what she will do in this role and how she will continue to help the company grow and thrive.
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