Amid controversy and denunciations, Bobby Kotick is re-elected as CEO of Activision Blizzard

Shareholders voted in favor of releasing a report on the company’s work practices

Activision Blizzard’s board of directors re-elected this Wednesday (22) Bobby Kotick for serve as CEO of the company for another year. The decision comes at a time when the company is embroiled in multiple allegations of harassment and promoting an abusive work environment.

What makes Kotick’s re-election especially striking is the the fact that the executive is the pivot of many of the accusations made by employees and external agents. He is accused of actively participating in sexual harassment and moral harassment and having resolved several such situations through out-of-court settlements — in one of the cases, he would have stated that he would kill one of his secretaries.

The accusations against the company and the executive motivated groups such as Strategic Organizing Center Investment, which represents minority shareholders in Activision Blizzard, to demand the CEO’s removal from office. They claim that Kotick was aware of the abusive practices conducted by the company and that he had actively worked to cover them up and protect their perpetrators.

Shareholders vote in favor of harassment reports

During the same meeting where Kotick was re-elected, two-thirds of the company’s shareholders voted in favor of releasing an annual report about the advances she has made to improve her work environment. The board of directors, which had recommended that the proposal be turned down, said it will “consider” implement it in the future — despite favorable votes, the vote does not oblige Activision to proceed with the proposal.

In a statement, the company said it will “carefully consider the proposal” is that “remains deeply committed to a respectful and welcoming work environment for all colleagues”. Representative of the group A Better ABK, Jessica Gonzalez stated on Twitter that the company’s employees will ensure that it keeps its promises.

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Last week, Activision Blizzard has released the results of an internal investigation related to allegations of abuse made against them in recent months.. According to the company, experts with experience in the field (whose names were not disclosed) came to the conclusion that none of its executives acted actively to cover up cases of harassment or to protect abusive employees.


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Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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