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Frances Townsend has had a long and successful career in counter-terrorism, most notably as part of the Bush Administration following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Her work in counterintelligence and security has earned her many accolades, including being named one of the “25 Most Influential African Americans in Government” by Ebony magazine. In 2011, she joined Activision Blizzard as Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs for the company worldwide.

Townsend Townsend was born in Savannah, Georgia, and raised in Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her law degree from Tulane University. After law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases, including terrorism and organized crime.

In 2003, Townsend was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism under President George W. Bush. In this role, she was responsible for developing and implementing the Administration’s national security strategy to counter-terrorism. She also directed the White House’s Homeland Security Council, which coordinated the federal government’s efforts to protect the homeland. Townsend left the Administration in 2008.

In 2011, Townsend joined Activision Blizzard as Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs for the company worldwide.

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 The Walt Disney Company and HSBC Holdings plc.

In 2014, Townsend was named one of the “25 Most Influential African Americans in Government” by Ebony magazine. In 2015, she was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

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