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Activision Blizzard Board of Directors gives Kotick a vote of confidence

Amid calls to fire the CEO, the board “remains confident that Bobby Kotick has appropriately addressed the workplace issues that come to his attention.”

Activision Blizzard’s board of directors today released a statement affirming their support for CEO Bobby Kotick after the ABK worker Alliance team call for his removal.

“The Activision Blizzard Board of Directors remains committed to our goal of making Activision Blizzard the most welcoming and inclusive company in the industry,” the directors said.

“Under Bobby Kotick’s leadership, the company has implemented industry-leading changes including a zero-tolerance policy of harassment, an effort to achieve a dramatic increase in the proportion of women and those who do not. must be binary in our workforce and significant internal and external investments to enhance opportunities for diversity The Board of Directors remains confident that Bobby Kotick has appropriately addressed the issues The topic at work caught his attention.

“The goals we set for ourselves are both decisive and ambitious. The Board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals.”

Kotick’s status with the board was called into question this morning after The Wall Street Journal reported that Kotick had negligent in notifying the board of allegations of harassment and discrimination.

Additionally, the newspaper reported that Kotick had rejected a recommendation from human resources to fire a longtime Call of Duty developer following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and the company’s failure to act. actions consistent with other allegations throughout the studio system.

Kotick was the offending party in two stories the newspaper reported, once in 2006 threatening to kill an assistant in a voice message to her, and then in 2007 allegedly firing a flight attendant. flight on his private jet after she complained that the pilot had sex. harassed her. (Both of those incidents were resolved by settlement, the newspaper reported.)

Activision Blizzard responded to the story saying it had given “an inaccurate and misleading view of Activision Blizzard and our CEO”, while ignoring the progress it had made since. since the first California Department of Equity in Employment and Housing. filed a lawsuit against it this summer.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-11-16-activision-blizzard-board-gives-kotick-a-vote-of-confidence | Activision Blizzard Board of Directors gives Kotick a vote of confidence

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