Activision Blizzard has named Kristen Hines, former head of Accenture’s global inclusion, diversity and equity practice, as its new chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. The news comes after months of lawsuits detailing harassment, discrimination and more at the company, and after news last week that the publisher studio giant was turning all U.S. quality assurance testers into full-time employees with benefits and increase wages. Aside from the lawsuits and workplace changes, the news comes after Raven Software attempted to unionize after about a dozen of its contract QA workers were fired. However, Activision Blizzard chose not to voluntarily recognize Raven’s union.
“Hines joins Activision Blizzard from Accenture, where she most recently led the Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity practice and served as part of the CEO Transformation practice on the firm’s global leadership team,” reads the Activision Blizzard press release . “In that role, she helped the organization build and strengthen its [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] Strategy and capabilities to ensure success through integration with the business, data-driven accountability, and a continuous feedback loop between leaders and employees. She brings over 20 years of experience to a variety of clients and industries, focusing on large corporate and cultural transformations, talent strategy and mergers and acquisitions for clients in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ”
Hines said the game has the potential to connect communities around the world and showcase heroes from diverse backgrounds, and she looks forward to playing a role in “expanding the landscape for the talent that brings these engaging experiences to a broad player base.”
Controversial Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is said to be aware of the publisher’s history of sexual misconduct, Hines said, and said he would consider if the company’s workplace issues weren’t resolved soon Resigned (although Activision Blizzard had already struck out for him to resign)’ success in similar roles at other companies made her “the right person to make sure we deliver on our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” to “build a role model that lives up to our values” workplace”.
“In this role, Hines will enhance collaboration with the company leadership team and its Employee Resource Group to implement programs and policies that promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment,” the release reads. “Hines will also work with all game teams to ensure that a diverse and inclusive perspective is included in game design, including storyline, character development, gameplay and community interactions.
“Hines will play a key role in driving Activision Blizzard’s commitment to increase the percentage of women and non-binary employees by 50 percent over the next five years.”