Frances Townsend is the executive vice president for corporate affairs, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer of Activision Blizzard. She also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Townsend began her career as a lawyer in private practice. She then served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she investigated and prosecuted organized crime cases.
In 1996, Townsend joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior counsel to then-Attorney General Janet Reno. In this role, she advised Reno on a variety of issues, including counterterrorism.
After the September 11th attacks, Townsend was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the first-ever Assistant Attorney General for Intelligence. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all Justice Department activities related to intelligence gathering and analysis.
After leaving the Justice Department, Townsend served as homeland security and counterterrorism advisor to President Bush. In this role, she advised the president on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism strategy and homeland security policy.
Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group. She also serves on the boards of directors of several companies, including Raytheon Company and Baylor University Medical Center.
Frances Townsend was born in 1960 in Queens, New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.