Activision Blizzard has named Kristen Hines as its new chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer ahead of its next scheduled conference call on April 25. The appointment comes after setting out how the company promises to work towards improving diversity, attitudes and workplace culture.
Hines comes to Activision Blizzard with over 20 years of experience, most recently leading global inclusion, diversity, and equity at IT and consulting firm Accenture. In the press release announcing her hiring, she said, “In an industry with historical underrepresentation, I look forward to leading the company’s efforts to continue building a workplace that values transparency, equity and inclusivity.”
After Activision Blizzard recently won a court victory when a judge signed off on the company’s settlement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), they have been working to reaffirm their commitment to it in light of the EEOC investigation and others (including a huge California lawsuit that is still pending).
CEO Bobby Kotick is also quoted in the press release as repeating his previous statements about improving the company and promising to be more transparent and do better. “Kristen’s success in leading complex transformations with measurable results makes her the right person to ensure we meet our commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion and build a model workplace that aligns with our values.” Kotick herself has been accused of the deteriorating working conditions or ignoring others, but the company’s board of directors has stuck with him as the person leading a corporate turnaround after admitting that Activision Blizzard has failed in some ways (including in the statements supporting the EEOC agreement confirm and have agreed – practices to secure the settlement itself).
For now, it’s Hines’ chance to use her experience in global DEI practice to see if Activision Blizzard begins to meet its goals.
The company’s next earnings report, which will cover the first quarter of the year, is scheduled for April 25th. As the acquisition by Microsoft is pending, the company will not host another conference call but will issue a press release with relevant information. With several big announcements planned or moving forward soon, there may be new information even then.
For more information on the outcome plans, visit Activision Blizzard here.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/activision-blizzard-hires-chief-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-officer-sets-q1-earnings-release-for-april-25th-2000124775 Activision Blizzard Hires Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Schedules First Quarter Results Release for April 25th