Blizzard hires new vice president of culture amid ongoing company controversies

Blizzard has been in the news a lot recently, not only for its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, but also due to the multiple reports of a toxic workplace environment and allegations of sexual misconduct that came to light last year. Then, in January, Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra released a blog post laying out the steps he said will “rebuild trust” in the developer. This included plans to hire new team members, whose roles would focus on improving the company’s workplace culture.

Following the arrival of Activision Blizzard’s new chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer Kristen Hines last month, Blizzard has welcomed Jessica Martinez as its “first Vice President, Head of Culture.”

Martinez’s arrival will mark “part of [Blizzard’s] ongoing initiative to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture where people at every level can learn, grow and bring their most creative selves to their work,” Blizzard says.

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