Activision Blizzard has hired a new executive vice president of corporate affairs. This position was taken by Frances Townsend, who at one time worked as an expert on the fight against terrorism in the administration of George W. Bush.
The woman has nothing to do with the gaming industry, but she can boast of friendship with Bobby Kotick and broad knowledge in the political and social spheres.
In her position, Francis is expected to lead communications, government affairs and company policy. In particular, it will monitor Activision Blizzard’s compliance with the laws of dozens of markets in which the company sells its games. According to Townsend, the main responsibility for this task lies on the shoulders of publishers in different countries, but she is always ready to help in resolving controversial issues.
In addition, the newly appointed VP will be responsible for the security of information about players and their accounts. In different countries, personal data are treated differently, and it is Francis who will guard the rights of users, exercise control over the security of this information and oversee the provision of it to government agencies. Given the scale of Activision Blizzard’s international operations, the task is daunting.
Frances Townsend is well known in political circles. She served for many years in the US government and was the homeland security adviser to George W. Bush. She is a CNN counterterrorism expert. And in 2016 and 2017 she was a candidate for the post of Director of National Intelligence and Director of the FBI. In the field of vision of Activision, Francis came during her work in the Department of Homeland Security at the headquarters of George W. Bush.