Meet Johanna Faries, the new Blizzard president who has taken the biggest role in the company after Microsoft’s acquisition.
Blizzard Entertainment, known for its popular video games, has just announced Johanna Faries as its new president.
This big news comes right after Mike Ybarra left the company. Recently, Microsoft, the parent company of Blizzard, had to let go of 1,900 employees from its various gaming teams, including Xbox and Activision Blizzard.
Faries, who used to work at the National Football League (NFL) for 12 years, joined the gaming industry in 2018 with Activision. Last year, Microsoft bought Activision for a huge sum of $69 billion.
Who is the new Blizzard president Johanna Faries?
Johanna Faries’ journey to Blizzard is interesting. Before she entered the gaming scene, she spent a long time in the NFL.
There, she worked as the Vice President for Club Business Development, managing big projects and business plans. This kind of experience is really valuable for her new job at Blizzard.
Faries has been climbing up the ranks in the gaming world since she started. Her first role at Activision was leading the esports part of Call of Duty, a very popular game.
She did well and became the manager for the Call of Duty game series. By 2021, she was the general manager of this franchise, showing how much she has achieved in a short time.
Facing new challenges
Taking over at Blizzard won’t be easy for Faries. The company has been dealing with some tough issues, especially disagreements with its parent company, Microsoft.
These problems were mainly because of Bobby Kotick, the previous CEO, who wanted Blizzard to run in a certain way that caused tension.
Faries knows about these challenges. She told the Blizzard team that she understands Blizzard and Activision are different and need to be handled in their own ways, according to the official statement.
She has been talking with the leaders at Blizzard and is ready to respect the company’s special way of doing things.
A promising future for Blizzard
Johanna Faries taking over as president is a big deal for Blizzard. She has a mix of skills from her time in sports and in gaming.
This makes people hopeful about what she can do for Blizzard. She seems ready to deal with the company’s problems and keep its strong culture alive.
Blizzard is starting a new chapter with Faries as president. Everyone is watching to see what changes she will bring.
Her experience and respect for the company’s traditions make it seem like she will do well. With Faries leading, Blizzard might try new things while staying true to what it’s always been good at.
This is an exciting time for Blizzard and its fans as they wait to see what comes next under Johanna Faries’ leadership.