Activision Blizzard, the company behind popular games like Call of Duty, said Tuesday that it is hiring two executives, including a new head of human resources, as part of an effort to build a more inclusive workplace and increased revenue.
Julie Hodges, senior vice president of The Walt Disney Company, will become Activision’s new chief human resources officer, the company said in a statement. Hodges will replace Claudine Naughton, who is leaving at the end of this month to “pursue other interests,” the company said.
Sandeep Dube, senior vice president of Delta Air Lines, will also join Activision, taking on the role of chief commercial officer. That job has been vacant since March.
In July, Activision was sued by a California employment agency, which said the company fostered a “boyfriend-like male workplace culture” in which women are routinely harassed. and discrimination. The lawsuit caused an uproar, as current and former employees spoke out online against the misconduct and rallied outside Activision’s offices.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick apologized for not “providing the right empathy and understanding” in the company’s initial response to the lawsuit.
J. Allen Brack, the head of Activision’s Blizzard Entertainment subsidiary, where many of the allegations in the lawsuit are concentrated, resigned in August. Blizzard’s head of human resources, Jesse Meschuk, has also left.
Activision said Ms. Hodges will “lead all aspects of human resources, including diversity, equity and inclusion, talent acquisition, employee experience, learning and development, compensation and benefits. and benefits, and workforce planning.”
Hodges said in the statement that she shares “the company’s belief that a work environment should be welcoming of all perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to join this group and work together to continue to build our culture of inclusion and expand our audience,” Mr. Dube said in the statement.
Activision is under continued surveillance. The Media Labor Association of America, last week filed a complaint with the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging Activision violated labor law by making rules, actions and statements that bring coercion, as well as through interrogation. The lawsuit was previously reported by Bloomberg.
Activision did not immediately respond to a request for comment.