Frances Townsend has had a long and illustrious career as an executive in the entertainment industry. Frances was born Frances Marie Smith on November 12, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York. Frances Townsend attended Wellesley College, where she graduated with honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Frances received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk at the United States Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor before joining Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Frances has worked with several entertainment companies over the last 25 years, including The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner Inc., AOL, and Activision Blizzard.
Frances is currently leading the way for female executives in an industry that often lacks women at the top levels of management. Frances serves on numerous boards, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors, RAND Corp. Frances Townsend’s career shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon as she continues to lead her team at Activision Blizzard forward towards success. Frances continues to serve as a role model and mentor for women everywhere who aspire to lead at the top levels of their industry.
Frances Townsend is an Executive Vice President with Activision Blizzard, Inc. Frances oversees Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer areas within Activision Blizzard’s organization, including Public Relations, Community Development (Activision Foundation), Governmental Affairs, and Legal departments. Frances has over 25 years of experience in media entertainment companies such as Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group and Time Warner Entertainment Company, where she was responsible for business development efforts across worldwide networks; advertising sales strategy planning; new network launches; affiliate revenue performance management; marketing communications activities spanning domestic and international markets. Frances is married to Charles G. Townsend; they have two children and reside in Los Angeles, California. Frances is also a board member of RAND Corporation and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors.
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