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Activision Blizzard appoints former Trump official as its chief administrative officer

Activision Blizzard appoints former Trump official as its chief administrative officer

Activision Blizzard has hired another Republican alum to its leadership team, with the appointment of Trump administration member Brian Bulatao as chief administrative officer. 

Earlier this week, the publisher announced the promotion of Armin Zerza as chief financial officer (via BusinessWire). But Bulatao, who joins Activision following a previous role under US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, comes aboard with notably less fanfare—his hiring revealed via company-wide internal emails acquired by Kotaku.

“Brian is a rare talent, and the perfect fit for Activision Blizzard; his unparalleled combination of business, military, and government experience makes him ideally suited to accelerate our organizational transformation and deliver on great opportunities for future growth,” Activision CEO Bobby Kotick wrote in the email.

Bulatao’s hiring comes mere weeks after Activision appointed Frances F. Townsend, a Bush-era counterterrorism advisor who notoriously defended the CIA’s use of torture, as its chief compliance officer. Bulatao himself has been described as a “bully” and “Mike Pompeo’s attack dog” by a Business Insider report into his management of the State Department.

Kotick’s email reportedly makes note of Bulatao’s role in “leading the State Department’s talent, diversity, and inclusion efforts,” despite the Trump administration freezing said efforts with an executive order last September.

Bulatao’s role at Activision will grant him management of “Corporate Social Responsibility” activities across the company, as well as the publisher’s Call Of Duty Endowment charity for veterans. PC Gamer has contacted Activision for comment.

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