As reported by the Wall Street Journal(opens in new tab), Activision Blizzard chief compliance officer Frances Townsend has stepped down from her position.
While no longer an employee of the company, she will continue to serve its board as an advisor. The move comes as Microsoft's $68.7 billion acquisition of the company slowly works its way to completion, though not without regulatory hurdles like a recent challenge from a UK watchdog(opens in new tab).
Townsend was a controversial figure before joining Activision Blizzard. In the early 2000s, during the invasion of Iraq, she held the position of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism under George W.
Bush. The Washington Post(opens in new tab) reported in 2004 that Townsend toured the infamous Abu Ghraib prison during the height of the US military's torturing of prisoners at the facility(opens in new tab).Read more on pcgamer.com