Activision Blizzard has appointed a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Activision Blizzard has appointed Kristen Hines as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Hines, who will report to Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Hodges, will join the company and its leadership team on April 25.

She will play a leading role in fulfilling Activision Blizzard’s commitment to increase the number of women and non-binary people in its workforce by 50% over the next five years.

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Activision Blizzard said Hines will also work with all of its game teams “to ensure diverse and inclusive perspectives are included in game design, including storylines, character development, gameplay, and community interaction. “.

Hines joins Activision Blizzard from Accenture, where she was managing director leading the company’s global inclusion, diversity and equity practice. She has also advised clients on large-scale changes in operating models, organization design, HR strategy and employee experience.

Activision Blizzard has appointed a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kristen Hines is Activision Blizzard’s new Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“I am thrilled to join a company that is prioritizing its commitment to DEI and making progress on the ambitious goals it has set for itself,” she said. “In a historically underrepresented sector, I look forward to leading the company’s efforts to build a workplace that values ​​transparency, fairness and inclusiveness.

“The game has incredible potential to connect communities around the world and showcase heroes from all walks of life. I look forward to playing a part in expanding the landscape of talent who bring these compelling experiences to a broad player base. .

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, added, “Kristen’s success leading a complex transformation with measurable results makes her the right person to ensure we meet our commitments to diversity, of equity and inclusion and that we are building a model workplace aligned with our values.”

The publisher of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush recently said it’s struggling to attract new employees and retain existing ones, and its recruiting struggles are likely to be exacerbated by litigation. ongoing and bad press.

In March, a federal court judge said she would approve Activision Blizzard’s $18 million settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. .

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is also suing Activision Blizzard for its alleged failure to address sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees.

It was announced in January that Microsoft intended to buy Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal – the biggest ever by the video game industry by far.

Microsoft expects to close the deal in the first half of 2023, subject to closing conditions and the completion of a regulatory review. The United States Federal Trade Commission is administering an antitrust review of the deal to determine whether the takeover would give Xbox an unfair competitive advantage.

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