People: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O)

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15 Apr 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Brian Kelly

50 2013 Chairman of the Board

Robert Kotick

50 2008 President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Dennis Durkin

42 2012 Chief Financial Officer

Eric Hirshberg

44 2010 Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing Inc.

Michael Morhaime

45 2008 President and Chief Executive Officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Thomas Tippl

46 2012 Chief Operating Officer

Brian Hodous

49 2008 Chief Customer Officer

Humam Sakhnini

44 2012 Chief Strategy, Talent Officer

Christopher Walther

46 2011 Chief Legal Officer

Barry Meyer

2014 Director

Peter Nolan

54 2013 Director

Elaine Wynn

70 2013 Director

Robert Corti

63 2003 Independent Director

Robert Morgado

70 1997 Independent Director

Richard Sarnoff

54 2005 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Brian Kelly

Mr. Brian G. Kelly is Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Kelly has held various positions of responsibility with Activision Blizzard since 1991, including serving as a director of the Company since July 1995 and the co-chairman of the Board since October 1998. Mr. Kelly holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Rutgers University and a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Robert Kotick

Mr. Robert A. Kotick is President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Activision Blizzard Inc. Mr. Kotick has been a director of Activision Blizzard since February 1991, following his purchase of a interest in the company, which was then on the verge of insolvency. Mr. Kotick was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from February 1991 until July 2008, when he became President and Chief Executive Officer in connection with the Combination. Mr. Kotick is also a member of the board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company, a multinational beverage corporation, and the boards of trustees for The Center for Early Education and the Harvard Westlake School. He is also vice chairman of the board and chairman of the committee of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition, Mr. Kotick is the founder and co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that seeks to help organizations that provide job placement and training services for veterans. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of Yahoo!, Inc., an Internet content and service provider, from 2003 until 2008.

Dennis Durkin

Mr. Dennis Durkin is Chief Financial Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc., since March 01, 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Durkin held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Microsoft Corporation, a computing hardware and software manufacturer, most recently serving as the corporate vice president and chief operating and financial officer of Microsoft Corporation’s interactive entertainment business, which includes the Xbox console business. Prior to joining Microsoft Corporation’s interactive entertainment business in 2006, Mr. Durkin worked on Microsoft Corporation’s corporate development and strategy team, including two years where he was based in London, England driving pan-European activity. Before joining Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Durkin was a financial analyst at Alex. Brown and Company. Mr. Durkin holds a B.A. degree in government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University.

Eric Hirshberg

Mr. Eric Hirshberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. He became the Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, Inc., and, along with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (“Blizzard Entertainment”), one of the company two principal operating units, in September 2010. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hirshberg served in positions of increasing responsibility with Deutsch LA, a marketing and advertising agency, most recently serving as its co-chief executive officer and its chief creative officer. Prior to working at Deutsch LA, Mr. Hirshberg worked at Fattal & Collins, a marketing and advertising agency. Mr. Hirshberg holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Michael Morhaime

Mr. Michael Morhaime is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. He became Chief Executive Officer of Blizzard Entertainment and an executive officer of Activision Blizzard in July 2008 in connection with the Combination. In February 1991, Mr. Morhaime co-founded Blizzard Entertainment, now a subsidiary and, along with Activision Publishing, one of two principal operating units, and transitioned to the role of the company’s President in April 1998. Mr. Morhaime served on the executive committee of Vivendi Games from January 1999, when Blizzard Entertainment became a subsidiary of Vivendi Games, until the consummation of the Combination. Mr. Morhaime holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Thomas Tippl

Mr. Thomas Tippl is Chief Operating Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc. Prior to that, he served as company's Chief Corporate Officer from March 2009 until March 2010. In addition, Mr. Tippl served as Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 until February 2012. Mr. Tippl joined the Company as the Chief Financial Officer of Activision Publishing in October 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tippl served as the head of investor relations and shareholder services at The Procter & Gamble Company, a manufacturer of consumer goods products, from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Tippl also served as the finance director of Procter & Gamble’s Baby Care, Europe division and as a member of the board of directors of the joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Fater in Italy from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Tippl co-founded Procter & Gamble’s Equity Venture Fund in 1999 and also served as the associate director of acquisitions and divestitures for Procter & Gamble from 1999 to 2001. Prior to 1999, Mr. Tippl served in various financial executive positions for Procter & Gamble in Europe, China and Japan. Mr. Tippl holds a master’s degree in economics and social sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Brian Hodous

Mr. Brian Hodous is Chief Customer Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc. He became the company Chief Customer Officer in July 2008 in connection with the Combination and was the Chief Customer Officer of Activision Publishing from the time he joined the Company in November 2006 until the consummation of the Combination. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hodous was employed by Cadbury Schweppes, an international confectionery and beverage company, where he was the group director and the executive vice president of global sales from 1999 to 2006. Prior to working at Cadbury Schweppes, Mr. Hodous served in various sales and senior management positions of increasing responsibility with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company, Pillsbury, a food products company, Drackett Products, a homecare products producer, and GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Mr. Hodous holds a B.A. degree in Marketing and Management from Marquette University.

Humam Sakhnini

Mr. Humam Sakhnini is Chief Strategy, Talent Officer of Activision Blizzard, Inc., since February 1, 2012. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development from July 2009 until February 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sakhnini was a partner with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, in its global media and entertainment practice. Prior to McKinsey & Company, Mr. Sakhnini founded and co-led ISGroup, a financial technology firm that provided technology solutions to mutual funds and hedge funds. Prior to that, Mr. Sakhnini held a number of positions at BMO Nesbitt Burns and the Ministry of Finance in Canada, where he worked on a variety of fiscal and monetary policies. Mr. Sakhnini holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario, an M.A. degree in economics from Queen’s University at Kingston, and an M.B.A. degree from Yale University School of Management.

Christopher Walther

Mr. Christopher B. Walther is Chief Legal Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc. He became the company Chief Legal Officer in November 2009 and served as the company Secretary from February 2010 until February 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Walther held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the legal department of The Procter & Gamble Company from 1992 to 2009, including serving as the general counsel for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, general counsel for Northeast Asia and, most recently, as general counsel for Western Europe. Mr. Walther also led Procter & Gamble’s corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions practices. Before joining Procter & Gamble, Mr. Walther served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Harry W. Wellford of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Walther holds a B.A. degree in history and Spanish from Centre College and a J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Barry Meyer

Mr. Barry M. Meyer is Director of the Company. At the end of 2013, Mr. Meyer retired as the chairman of Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc., an American producer of film, television, and music entertainment. He joined Warner Brothers as a director of business affairs in 1971 and held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure there, eventually serving as Warner Brothers’ chief executive officer and chairman from January 2009 until March 2013 and as chairman through December 2013. Mr. Meyer cofounded the consulting firm North Ten Mile Associates, LLC following his retirement from Warner Brothers, and currently serves as the manager and co-chief executive officer of that firm. Mr. Meyer is a member of the board of councilors of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, a member of the board of directors of the Museum of Television & Radio, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member and former governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and a member and former director of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He also serves on the board of directors of Human Rights Watch and on the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Mr. Meyer holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Rochester and a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Peter Nolan

Mr. Peter J. Nolan is Director of the Company. Mr. Nolan is the managing partner of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., a private equity firm and one of the limited partners of ASAC. Prior to becoming a partner at LGP in 1997, Mr. Nolan served as a managing director and the co-head of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette’s Los Angeles Investment Banking Division from 1990 to 1997, as a first vice president in corporate finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986 to 1990, and as a vice president at Prudential Securities, Inc. from 1982 to 1986. Prior to 1982, Mr. Nolan was an associate at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Mr. Nolan currently serves on the board of directors of AerSale Holdings, Inc., Aspen Dental Management, Inc., Motorsport Aftermarket Group, The Palms Hotel and Casino, and Scitor Corporation, all of which are companies in which LGP has an ownership interest. Mr. Nolan served on the Company’s Board from December 2003 until July 2008, when he resigned in connection with the consummation of the Company’s business combination with Vivendi Games, Inc. Mr. Nolan holds a B.S. degree in agricultural economics and finance and an M.B.A. degree, both from Cornell University.

Elaine Wynn

Ms. Elaine P. Wynn is Director of the Company. Ms. Wynn is a director of Wynn Resorts, a developer and operator of high end hotels and casinos, and has served in that capacity since 2000. Prior to her current position, Ms. Wynn served in a similar capacity as director of Mirage Resorts from 1976 to 2000. Ms. Wynn is the co-chair of the Greater Las Vegas After-School All Stars, the founding chairman of Communities in Schools of Nevada and the chairman of the national board of Communities in Schools. In addition, Ms. Wynn is president of the Nevada State Board of Education. She is also on the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the board of trustees of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the board of the Library of Congress Trust Fund and the board of governors of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Ms. Wynn holds a B.A. in political science from George Washington University.

Robert Corti

Mr. Robert J. Corti is an Independent Director of Activision Blizzard Inc. Mr. Corti has more than 25 years of experience at Avon Products, a global manufacturer and marketer of beauty and related products. Mr. Corti joined Avon Products’ tax department as a tax associate in 1976 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s finance department throughout his tenure there, including serving as an executive vice president and the chief financial officer of Avon Products from 1998 until he retired from the chief financial officer role in November 2005 and as an executive vice president in March 2006. Mr. Corti has served on the board of directors of Bacardi Limited, a wine and spirits group, since June 2006. In addition, Mr. Corti has served as a member of the board of directors of Avon Products Foundation since 1998 and its chairman since 2006, as a senior vice president of Teach for America since July 2011 and as a member of the Manhattan Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since January 2012, where he serves as the vice president of the board. In addition, he was a director of ING Direct, then a U.S. subsidiary of the Dutch insurance conglomerate, the ING Groep, from January 2008 until January 2012. Mr. Corti holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Queens College and an M.B.A. degree in taxation from St. John’s University. Mr. Corti is also a certified public accountant.

Robert Morgado

Mr. Robert J. Morgado is Independent Director of Activision Blizzard Inc., since February 1997. Mr. Morgado is chairman of Maroley Media Group, a media entertainment investment company he established in 1995. He previously served as the chairman and the chief executive officer of Warner Music Group, a music content company comprised of recorded music and music publishing businesses, from 1985 to 1995. Mr. Morgado serves on the board of directors of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He is also a member of the board of managers of Nest Top, the controlling shareholder of Nest Family and Nest Learning Systems, a children’s entertainment company, and Kaanapali Kai, a real estate investment company, where he serves as its chairman. Mr. Morgado holds a B.A. degree in history and philosophy from Chaminade University of Honolulu and an M.P.A. degree from The State University of New York.

Richard Sarnoff

Mr. Richard Sarnoff is an Independent Director of Activision Blizzard Inc., since August 2005. He has served as a senior advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm, since January 2011. Previously, he was employed by Bertelsmann AG, a diversified media and services company, where he served as the co-chairman of Bertelsmann, Inc. and the president of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments from 2008 until January 2011. Prior to those roles, Mr. Sarnoff served as an executive vice president and the chief financial officer of Random House, Inc., a general trade book publisher and a subsidiary of Bertelsmann. Mr. Sarnoff also served as a member of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann AG from 2002 to 2008 and was a director of the Princeton Review, an educational preparation company, from 2000 to 2009, a director of Audible, Inc., a provider of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming, from 2001 to 2008, and a director of Amdocs, Inc., a provider of software and services to the telecommunications industry, from 2009 to 2011. During the period from 2005 to 2009, he was also the vice-chairman and, then, the chairman of the board of the American Association of Publishers. Mr. Sarnoff currently serves on the board of directors of Ipreo Holdings, LLC, an information services company owned by KKR, Weld North, LLC, an investment affiliate of KKR, and Chegg, Inc., an educational services company. Mr. Sarnoff holds a B.A. degree in art history from Princeton University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Brian Kelly

10,161,500

Robert Kotick

64,942,300

Dennis Durkin

13,475,100

Eric Hirshberg

1,643,970

Michael Morhaime

9,068,430

Thomas Tippl

3,201,970

Brian Hodous

2,422,730

Humam Sakhnini

3,257,630

Christopher Walther

3,009,130

Barry Meyer

--

Peter Nolan

--

Elaine Wynn

--

Robert Corti

--

Robert Morgado

--

Richard Sarnoff

--
As Of 30 Dec 2012

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

Brian Kelly

8,913,546 90,164,220

Robert Kotick

9,219,675 91,851,910

Dennis Durkin

0 0

Eric Hirshberg

0 0

Michael Morhaime

0 0

Thomas Tippl

688,888 6,602,550

Brian Hodous

240,000 1,062,340

Humam Sakhnini

0 0

Christopher Walther

0 0

Barry Meyer

0 0

Peter Nolan

0 0

Elaine Wynn

0 0

Robert Corti

0 0

Robert Morgado

0 0

Richard Sarnoff

0 0
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