Frances Townsend Overview

Frances F. Townsend currently holds the responsibility of dealing with corporate matters as the senior vice president at Activision Blizzard, overseeing government matters, communication, and public rule. She also serves on some non-profit boards such as the International Republican Institute, Atlantic Council, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the McCain Institute, the New York City Police Foundation. At the Board on External sponsor Affairs, Frances is a board member, and co-chair for the funded sovereign Task Force on Preparing for the Pandemic that may come.

Before joining Activision Blizzard in December of 2020, Townsend was a Vice-Chairman, Overall Counsel, and Principal Administration Officer for the diversified holding company MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. Her role was mainly on legal, financial, and personnel issues across MacAndrews’ portfolio companies. Frances Townsend and Baker Botts law firm were business before joining MacAndrews from April 2009 to October 2010.

Ms. Townsend has worked in the public service and has received several awards for her accomplishments. Cumulatively, she has spent about a decade at the Sector of Integrity during the governments of the two presidents, George Bush and Bill Clinton. Under President George W. Bush’s administration, Frances was his Homeland Security and Counterterrorism subordinate and was the chair of the U.S. Homeland Security Council between 2004 and 2008. From May 2003 to May 2004 she was the second-in-command as the state security consultant for fighting terrorism.

Frances F. Townsend has also served in other senior positions such as Director of National Intelligence Senior Advisory Group, the CIA External Advisory Board, and the U.S. President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and in addition to her current role, she is a member of Aspen Strategy Group.

She has extensive experience in leadership, international and domestic affairs, risk management, and strategic planning.

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