Frances Townsend serves as the Corporate Secretary, VP for Corporate Affairs, and the Chief Compliance Officer at Activision Blizzard. Before that, she served at MacAndrews and Forbes, Inc. for 10 years as the general counsel, vice chairman, and administrative officer. During this period, her main focus was legal, financial, personal issues, business development, and compliance across the company’s portfolio.
From 2009 to 2010, she was a partner at Baker Botts LLP (a law firm). Before that, she was the assistant of President George Bush. From 2004 to 2008, she chaired the Homeland Security Council. From 2003 to 2004, she served as the Deputy National Advisor to combat terrorism. Before serving the president, she was the assistant commandant of intelligence for the Coast Guard. She spent 13 years in the Department of Justice and served in various positions.
Frances Townsend is the board director of two companies: Freeport-McMoRan and Chubb. She serves on compensation, compliance, executive committees, corporate social responsibility, and governance in these two companies. Previously, she served on SciPlay, Scientific Games, Western Union, and SIGA boards. Frances Townsend was a senior security analyst at CNN but currently serves at CBS News.
Townsend is also a board member of the Trilateral Commission and Foreign Relations. She brings extensive government, public policy, legal and regulatory experience to the board. She has a sturdy background in international and domestic affairs, strategic planning, risk management, and security and intelligence matters. Due to the senior roles she played in the government, including the chair of the Homeland Security Council, she has vast leadership experience.
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