Corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Activision Blizzard, Frances Fragos Townsend, was born on November 6th, 1955 in San Francisco, California. She excelled at her studies and enrolled in an elite high school but soon dropped out so she could begin working when she was only 16 years old.
She studied sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with honors before working for the Department of Justice under the Reagan administration.
The FBI hired Townsend in 1986, where she worked for only two years. During those two years, Townsend took part in numerous investigations, but the work that stood out among her peers was her work on investigating Timothy McVeigh.
After working for a year at the CIA, Townsend went on to join one of the country’s largest banks. She rose through the ranks and quickly became one of its best-performing employees until she left to pursue a career with Activision Blizzard in 2000.
She was given the title of chief compliance officer and spent five years in the position. Townsend was then promoted to corporate secretary, where she served in that role until 2008, when she was given Activision Blizzard’s CEO title.
Townsend is married with two children and is passionate about travel and history. She enjoys staying active by riding her bike and has taken up several martial arts practices, including tae kwon do, capoeira and judo.
Townsend ran the Department of Justice’s National Security Division under the Reagan administration. Townsend worked as a top agent in the Foreign Counterintelligence Section, where she was responsible for investigating international organized crime. She was involved in investigations ranging from Al-Qaeda to the Soviet Union.