Frances F. Townsend has served as Senior Counsel since October 2022. Frances F. Townsend previously served as our Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. In this role she oversaw Government Affairs, Public Policy, and Communications among other corporate functions.
Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Fran served as vice chairman, general counsel, and chief administrative officer at MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. Prior to that, she was a corporate partner with Baker Botts LLP. From 2004 to 2008, Fran served as the assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism to President George W. Bush, chairing the Homeland Security Council during a pivotal period for the United States.
Fran is on several non-profit boards including the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She also is the Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic.