Frances Fragos Townsend is the executive vice president of corporate affairs at Activision Blizzard. She was formally vice chairman, general counsel, and chief administration officer at MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. In her ten years there, she focused internally on financial, legal and personnel issues, as well as international, compliance and business development across MacAndrews’ portfolio companies. Before her tenure at MacAndrews, she was a corporate partner with the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Townsend served as assistant to President George W. Bush for homeland security and counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. She also served as deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from 2003 to 2004. Ms. Townsend spent thirteen years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. She has received numerous awards for her public service accomplishments.
Ms. Townsend is a director on the board of two public companies: Chubb and Freeport McMoRan, where she chairs or serves on: compliance, compensation, governance, corporate social responsibility and executive committees. She previously served on the boards at Scientific Games, SciPlay, SIGA, and Western Union. Ms. Townsend also serves on three private company boards where she is chairwoman of one and chairs all three compensation committees. Ms. Townsend is an on-air senior national security analyst for CBS News; before that, she was at CNN for seven years. She also serves on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s senior advisory group and previously served on the CIA external advisory board and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Ms. Townsend is a trustee on the board of the New York City Police Foundation; the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum; the McCain Institute; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and the Atlantic Council. She also serves on the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission and on the board of the International Republican Institute. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. Ms. Townsend is also Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic.