Frances F. Townsend has been named the new Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Activision Blizzard. She will be responsible for overseeing the Corporate Secretariat, Government Affairs, Public Policy, Communications, and more. Previously, she was a vice-chair and general counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes.
Activision Blizzard has appointed Frances Townsend to its executive team as Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. She will also serve as the company’s corporate secretary. Before this position, Townsend worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in several places under the Clinton and Bush administrations.
In 2004, Townsend was named Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. She was a significant player in the War on Terror, and in November 2003, she toured the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The Washington Post reported that she put pressure on interrogators to increase their intelligence gathering.
Townsend has extensive experience in corporate governance and law. Before joining Activision Blizzard, she served as a Vice-Chairman and Corporate Secretary at the law firm MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. from 2004 to 2007. She also served as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism under the George W. Bush administration.
Frances Townsend served as a general counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes before joining Activision Blizzard in 2012. Before joining Activision Blizzard, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for 13 years. She has received many awards for her public service. She is a seasoned attorney and has vast experience in corporate governance.
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