Frances Townsend Overview

Frances Townsend is the current corporate secretary, chief compliance officer, and executive vice of corporate affairs at Activision Blizzard. She assumed this position in March 2021. Frances is responsible for communications, overseeing government affairs, public policy, among other things. This is the latest office she holds, but she has made tremendous contributions to other private and public organizations. Townsend’s career is as broad as it gets.

Before her current position, she was the vice-chairman, chief administrative officer, and general counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes. She served at the company from October 2010 to December 2020. During her time at the company, she focused on internal aspects like legal, finance, and personal issues. Before starting at the company, Townsend was a Baker Bolts LLP law firm partner. For about four years, Townsend was an assistant to President George W. Bush. She helped with Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. She chaired the U.S Homeland Security Counsel. From 2003 to 2004, Frances had a different position as advisor for battling terrorism. For 13 years, she was part of the United States of America Department of Justice. She worked under three Presidents in different capacities.

Townsend held different senior positions while at the Department of Justice. For all the years of public service, she accomplished many things and even received various awards. Her profile doesn’t end there; Townsend is a board member in different organizations. Some of the non-profits she is currently working with include the Atlanta Council and the Council of Foreign Relations. She was a board member on SciPlay, Scientific Games, Western Union, and SIGA. Away from the multiple company boards, Frances helps CBS News with national security analysis. She is part of the Foreign Relations-Sponsored Independent task force that is preparing for the next pandemic. Frances Townsend brings a strong background in international and domestic affairs. Her experience is invaluable for any company or organization.

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