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2021/09/14 23:50:07 (permalink)
Activision Blizzard Hires Senior Executives from Disney and Delta | TechPowerUp
 
Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced the hiring of two senior executives to help the company build a more inclusive workplace as well as diversify and grow its revenue. Julie Hodges, Senior Vice President, Corporate HR and Compensation, Benefits and Talent Acquisition at The Walt Disney Company, will become Chief People Officer, effective September 21. Sandeep Dube, Senior Vice President, Revenue Management at Delta Airlines, will become Chief Commercial Officer, effective September 27.

"These two outstanding leaders from companies with exceptional reputations will help us achieve our goal of becoming the best company to work for in the entertainment industry while growing our reach, engagement and player investment," said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. Ms. Hodges brings more than three decades of global human resources experience in entertainment and an impeccable record of shaping corporate culture. She will be responsible for the company's global talent organization, making Activision Blizzard the destination for top talent. 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 and workforce planning.
 
"I can't think of a better person to join our team and help lead our ongoing commitment to an inclusive workplace," Kotick said. "Julie is the seasoned leader we need to ensure we are the most inspiring, equitable and emulated entertainment company in the world."

"I share the company's belief that a work environment should welcome all perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds," Hodges said. "A workforce where everyone feels valued is critical to the success of our business, as is a trusting, engaging and safe environment that encourages creativity and innovation and in which all employees can thrive. It takes a collective effort to do this, and I'm looking forward to ensuring that we support the diversity of our talent to bring our people together and continue creating amazing entertainment."

In her 32 years at Disney, Hodges led Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence, HRBP for Worldwide Operations, and Disney University/Learning and Development, Organization Development and Cast Research. Hodges earned a BS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She replaces Claudine Naughton, who is leaving the company.

Mr. Dube will oversee Activision's global Sales and Go-To-Market teams. He will be responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategy and delivering on the company's revenue growth plan.

"Sandeep is a rare leader who not only has the ability to expand our global go-to-market teams, but also bring his diverse experience from an accomplished career to unite our commercial group," Mr. Kotick said. "Our mission is to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. While Sandeep connected the world through air travel at Delta, he created a growth-oriented culture that was focused on the very best customer experiences. The innovations he inspired created incredible customer loyalty. We are excited to continue our work on revenue growth with an even greater focus on recognizing and rewarding our players."

Mr. Dube said, "I couldn't be more excited to join this team and work together to continue building our inclusive culture and to expand our audiences."

Before joining Activision, Mr. Dube led revenue management, product strategy, and commercial delivery at Delta. Notably, he played a key role in building the company's loyalty program and steering the airline through the volatile demand environment created by the pandemic. Prior to Delta, Sandeep worked for more than a decade in the banking industry as a commercial and marketing leader, driving revenue growth for consumer-lending businesses.

Dube holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He is filling the role left vacant after Armin Zerza was promoted to Chief Financial Officer earlier this year.
 
Looks to me as though Activision is hiring people to help reshape its workforce and prevent future employee lawsuits

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    Re: Activision Blizzard Hires Senior Executives from Disney and Delta 2021/09/15 12:25:35 (permalink)
    Wow, they should have hired executives from Intel, IBM, or Xerox... that would have been a truly epic fail.
     
    Instead they can't even fail in proper fashion...Disney is an absolutely horrible brand playing dirty politics, and Delta has taken the backseat to SouthWest for decades now. So they went to two mediocre brands and got some executive talent (and I use this word loosely). They acquired a Human Resources Executive officer (ROFLMAO), which are pretty much useless in EVERY situation that a corporation comes across; and trust me, HR is just there to protect the company, not the "culture" or anything else... in which case lawyers are of more value. The second was an Engineer??? So he wasn't anything special, either GC type engineer or maybe at best electrical... which means he has absolutely no expertise in anything other than telling you how to screw in a light bulb; could have at least acquired a nuclear engineer... sheesh; and his current roll he's a bean counter... can you get any more vanilla than those two?!
     
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