You guys know that Blizzard's CFO is from Activision, right?

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[quote="207683209294"] If y'all were going to get hyper over a power at Activision Blizzard who might care more about raking in as much money as possible whether by making good games or not, you should have lost your sh-t way back when Bobby Kotick got involved.


Ya welcome to the forums new friend, for your edification there was plenty of worry cast when Blizzard got absorbed by activision in the first place. This is just the continuation of a process that was started years ago. This is just the law of entropy playing out. All beings including corporations decay over time, this almost never make a comeback once they have passed a certain point. I feel like we passed that point with blizzard around warlords.
huh ????

AFAIK Activision Blizzard's CFO is Spencer Neumann who was previously at Disney not Activision.

https://www.activisionblizzard.com/senior-corporate-management/spencer-neumann

Also Spencer is the one identified as their CFO at their Q3 2018 conference call (and was present at such call)

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4220179-activision-blizzard-atvi-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

So whom are you are speaking about OP ??
If you believe some of the people on here. Activision has been in
charge since they merged. That was during Wrath.
So whats the difference now if they were already in charge all
this time?
11/08/2018 07:15 PMPosted by Bluspacecow
huh ????

AFAIK Activision Blizzard's CFO is Spencer Neumann who was previously at Disney not Activision.

https://www.activisionblizzard.com/senior-corporate-management/spencer-neumann

Also Spencer is the one identified as their CFO at their Q3 2018 conference call (and was present at such call)

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4220179-activision-blizzard-atvi-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

So whom are you are speaking about OP ??


Amrita Ahuja. She is currently Blizzard Entertainment's CFO and she came straight from Activision.

People seem to be misinterpreting. I'm not saying this is some kind of sting operation to infect Blizzard from the inside.

It's just a natural chain of events that result of Activision getting dibs on the decision making positions in Blizzard. You know, without a doubt, when you hear the phrase "Blizzard makes their decisions independent of Activision" that this statement is inherently BS. Blizzard is not a company of gamers anymore.
11/08/2018 04:05 PMPosted by Zipzø
Blizzard has been sporting a relatively new CFO (I think a 6 month tenure so far), who was a direct injection from Activision.
I haven't read the whole thread, but has anyone pointed out that everything in BfA was developed way more than six months ago, so this supposed plant from Activision can't possibly be the cause of all the current problems?
11/08/2018 04:39 PMPosted by Jamalia
My problems with the direction Blizz has taken WOW started way before this. The old CFO didn't keep current from happening, how bad could another be?
potentially very
so not a c.e.o, or a c.o.o., just the c.f.o.
not really a big deal.
11/08/2018 08:45 PMPosted by Zipzø
Amrita Ahuja. She is currently Blizzard Entertainment's CFO and she came straight from Activision.

People seem to be misinterpreting. I'm not saying this is some kind of sting operation to infect Blizzard from the inside.


Oh Her.

She was previously senior vice president of investor relations at Activision Blizzard not Activision.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amrita-ahuja-2402595/
https://quotes.wsj.com/ATVI/company-people/executive-profile/135927520
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4169607-activision-blizzard-atvi-q1-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

So yes people are misinterpreting things.
Sweet, maybe I will get a "Mini Pitfall" game to play while fishing.
It really does not matter who comes from what role or what company people in those roles are going to drive the company towards profit as that is their job. With or without Activision, Blizzard would have headed this way regardless. As any company grows you become less attached to the art and it is just easier to diversify and start trying to make more and more profit.
11/08/2018 04:05 PMPosted by Zipzø
Not many people seem to know this, but Blizzard has been sporting a relatively new CFO (I think a 6 month tenure so far), who was a direct injection from Activision.

If there was ever a dispute as to whether Blizzard is influenced by them...well, Activision literally integrated one of their top in to one of the highest positions at Blizzard.

It's all downhill guys...go ahead and give me the sky is falling shill posts, but for the rest of us in reality...not so great times ahead.


Don’t need to say the sky is falling because OP your song and dance is the same one since WoW started dying since .... insert expansion name.

Boring.
11/08/2018 07:15 PMPosted by Bluspacecow
huh ????

AFAIK Activision Blizzard's CFO is Spencer Neumann who was previously at Disney not Activision.

https://www.activisionblizzard.com/senior-corporate-management/spencer-neumann

Also Spencer is the one identified as their CFO at their Q3 2018 conference call (and was present at such call)

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4220179-activision-blizzard-atvi-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

So whom are you are speaking about OP ??


I can tell you where OP is speaking out of....
11/08/2018 04:28 PMPosted by Valrayne
As somone who's worked in corporate, I can attest that the CFO, unsurprisingly, does wield quite a bit of power. They hold the purse strings. And it is money and money alone that dictates what gets attention and what doesn't. Sure the board can override them, but that's much more of a hassle. Not to mention that the CFO monthly reports can easily bias the boards decisions based on how the CFO analyses and portrays the statistics of performance.

Those just going on about tinfoil hats have likely never worked in such an environment.


agree. few realizes just how OP they are. My department got a cut based one report.
My company just inserted one of our executives as CEO of our smaller sister company. The usual blah blah blah of don't worry guys, nothing changes. Yah they'll be absorbed in 6 months and their name will cease to exist.
11/08/2018 05:30 PMPosted by Falkenbach
oh god, the guys that made River Raid?


that was during the Jim Levy era. Activision was kick-!@# back then, but they went downhill with mergers, beginning with Infocom. and the rest is history
11/09/2018 01:39 AMPosted by Valora
My company just inserted one of our executives as CEO of our smaller sister company. The usual blah blah blah of don't worry guys, nothing changes. Yah they'll be absorbed in 6 months and their name will cease to exist.


I mean. This isn't exactly the same though. Blizzard is not a smaller sister company. Its more like a different division of the same company. It has a huge name brand awareness. The name isn't going to go away. Neither will the entire division.
11/08/2018 04:28 PMPosted by Valrayne
As somone who's worked in corporate, I can attest that the CFO, unsurprisingly, does wield quite a bit of power. They hold the purse strings. And it is money and money alone that dictates what gets attention and what doesn't. Sure the board can override them, but that's much more of a hassle. Not to mention that the CFO monthly reports can easily bias the boards decisions based on how the CFO analyses and portrays the statistics of performance.

Those just going on about tinfoil hats have likely never worked in such an environment.


My direct contact at my job is a CFO. These people don't understand that almost anything and everything goes through the CFO.

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