Activision Blizzard reshuffles executive team

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Activision Blizzard has made a number of appointments to its executive team, including installing Rob Kostich as its president.

Kostich was previously the company’s executive vice president and general manager for Call of Duty, and he replaces Eric Hirshberg, who announced he would step down as CEO nearly a year ago.

Several other Activision Blizzard business units have also made executive appointments, all from within the company. Candy Crush developer King Digital has appointed Humam Sakhnini as its president, who was previously the company’s CFO and chief strategy officer. And Activision Blizzard’s CFO Dennis Durkin has been appointed president of the company’s Emerging Businesses division, which has overall responsibility for e-sports, Activision Blizzard Studios and the Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group.

As we revealed last October, Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime stepped down as president to be replaced by J Allen Brack, completing the company’s set of newly installed presidents.

Announcing the news on the Activision Blizzard website, CEO Bobby Kotick said: “Rob, Humam, Dennis and J. exemplify our deep bench of operational and commercial leadership. These capable and seasoned executives have shown unwavering commitment to our company, our employees, and our beloved community of fans around the world. With these proven, principled leaders at the helm, we will continue to invest in the strategic growth drivers of our business; our talented people, and creating the world’s best videogames, live services, mobile experiences, and new and growing franchise engagement models.”

For further Activision Blizzard news, keep an eye on its website.

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