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Activision Blizzard hired a few executives today, including a former Disney HR manager as HR director. The hiring comes after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the company for widespread gender discrimination in August.
Julie Hodges, formerly senior vice president of human resources at Disney, will become Chief People Officer of Activision Blizzard on September 21. In addition, the former senior vice president of Delta Airlines, Sandeep Dube, will become the commercial director on September 27. It’s an interesting combination for a company that makes video games like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft.
Activision Blizzard says Hodges brings more than three decades of HR experience to the entertainment industry and experience shaping corporate culture. She will be responsible for the global talent organization of the company recruiting new recruits. In her role, she will lead all aspects of human resources including diversity, equity and inclusion, talent acquisition, employee experience, learning and development, compensation and benefits. social and workforce planning.
Many of these cases are under investigation by the state agency, which accused the company of having a “boy-brother culture” in its lawsuit. The company has fired many executives following its own investigation into allegations of gender discrimination. One of the executives who abruptly resigned was J. Allen Brack, president of the company’s Blizzard Entertainment division.
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The Communications Workers of America union today filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the company. He accused the company of intimidating workers and denigrating unions. Workers at the company staged a revolutionary walkout over the summer to draw attention to the disturbing working conditions in the gaming industry in general, including, but not limited to, cultural practices ableist, racist and sexist, discrimination in the workplace and pay inequalities, the union noted.
The union said instead of responding to these demands, Activision Blizzard management was using coercive tactics, such as hiring an anti-union law firm, to try to prevent its employees from practicing. their rights of solidarity and to demand a more equitable and sustainable policy. , and diverse workplace.
Dube takes on the role that has been empty since Armin Zerza, a former chief commercial officer, became chief financial officer in March. Hodges plays Claudine Naughton, who will be leaving the company.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is undoubtedly aware that this HR hire could be one of the most important roles for the company as it tries to project the image of a great place to be. work as a result of the state trial.
Dube will oversee Activision’s global sales and marketing teams. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy and the implementation of the company’s revenue growth plan.
Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Dube led revenue management, product strategy and commercial delivery at Delta. He notably played a key role in creating the company’s loyalty program and in leading the airline in the volatile demand environment created by the pandemic.
Prior to Delta, Sandeep worked for over a decade in the banking industry as a business and marketing leader, driving revenue growth for consumer finance companies.
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