Blizzard President, J. Allen Brack, has left the company to "pursue new opportunities". This comes after Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California for sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, leaked emails from J. Allen Brack which were later called "tone deaf" by Activison Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, and an employee walkout.
This news comes before the Activision Blizzard Q2 earnings call which will be taking place this afternoon at 4:30 PM Eastern. As of writing, the ATVI stock price was down 4.75% to 78.80 USD.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 3, 2021– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) President and COO Daniel Alegre today sent the following letter to all employees regarding Blizzard Entertainment.
August 3, 2021
I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra have been appointed co-leaders of Blizzard. Jen and Mike will share responsibility for development and operational accountability for the company. Both are leaders of great character and integrity and are deeply committed to ensuring our workplace is the most inspired, welcoming environment for creative excellence and to upholding our highest game development standards.
Many of us already know Mike and Jen and have experienced their leadership, their empathy and their unwavering sense of accountability:
- Jen is an 18-year company veteran and the former head of Vicarious Visions studio. As Executive Vice President of Development at Blizzard, she has been providing senior development leadership and support to the Diablo and Overwatch franchises.
- Mike has been in the technology and gaming industries for over 20 years, including 7 years as a senior executive at Microsoft’s XBOX division. Most recently Mike was Executive Vice President & General Manager of Platform and Technology at Blizzard overseeing Battle.net and our Development Services organizations.
With their many years of industry experience and deep commitment to integrity and inclusivity, I am certain Jen and Mike will lead Blizzard with care, compassion and a dedication to excellence.
With Jen and Mike assuming their new roles, J. Allen Brack is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.