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Frances Fragos Townsend is corporate secretary, chief compliance officer, and corporate affairs’ executive vice president at Activision Blizzard. Before that she was chief administrative officer, general counsel, and vice chairman at MacAndrews and Forbes Inc. She concentrated primarily on personal, legal, and financial issues during her ten years there to include business, compliance, and international improvement over portfolio companies for MacAndrews.

Fran Townsend was a corporate partner with the law firm Baker Botts, LLP prior to her term at MacAndrews. She served as assistant with President George W. Bush for counterterrorism and homeland security as its chair from 2004 to 2008. Between May of 2003 through May of 2004, she held the position of national security advisor deputy for fighting terrorism. At the U.S. Department of Justice she spent 13 years under the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush receiving several awards for her accomplishments in public service.

Townsend serves or chairs on executive committees, corporate social responsibility, compensation, and compliance at public companies Freeport McMoRan and Chubb as director of the board. Before that she served on the boards of Western Union, SIGA, SciPlay, and Scientic Games. For sevens years she was an over-the-air senior analyst of national security at CNN and is now for CBS News. She previously served on the U.S. President’s Intelligence, CIA External, and Director of National Intelligence Advisory Boards. Townsend serves on the board at the International Republic Institute, the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission, and the Foreign Relations Council.

Frances Fragos Townsend is also a trustee on the board of the New York City Police Foundation; the McCain Institute; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; the Center for International and Strategic Studies; and the Atlantic Council. She is also an active member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

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