Activision Hires Yet Another Former Republican Big Wig

Dixton (left) shakes hands with Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg.

Dixton (left) shakes palms with Boeing chief government Dennis Muilenburg.
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It appears that Activision has a sort. After hiring former George W. Bush-era counterterrorism appointee Frances F. Townsend and controversial Trump administration member Brian Bulatao in March, the mega-publisher has now rounded out its ranks with a 3rd ex-member of a Republican Presidential administration: former George W. Bush White House lawyer Grant Dixton.

Activision disclosed the hiring in a securities submitting yesterday, noting that earlier chief authorized officer Chris Walther “will be succeeded by Grant Dixton, who will be joining the Company from The Boeing Company, where he serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary and a member of the Executive Council.” Activision didn’t point out Dixton’s earlier three-year publish as affiliate counsel to the President of the United States.

Compared to Townsend, who now additionally works on the authorized facet of issues for Activision, and Bulatao, who’s now the corporate’s chief administrative officer, Dixton appears to have saved a decrease public profile. While Townsend gained a status as a torture apologist and Bulatao a “bully” of their respective earlier positions, Dixton’s most notable headline-grabbing second occurred in 2005 when he went after The Onion—which you may acknowledge from this very G/O Media community of web sites—for utilizing the Presidential seal in considered one of its satirical articles.

“I’m shocked the President deems it sensible to spend taxpayer cash for his lawyer to jot down letters to The Onion,” then-editor in chief Scott Dikkers wrote to Dixton on the time, according to The New York Times (by way of some guy).

It stays to be seen if Dixton will go after satirical websites that use the Call of Duty brand with comparable rigor.


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