Frances F. Townsend Chief Compliance Officer

Frances Townsend is the Chief Compliance Officer of the Street, Inc. She joined The Street in January 2005 as Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining The Street, Ms. Townsend was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia where she prosecuted a broad range of white-collar crimes including securities fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, health care fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, bribery, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, arson, extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking, firearms violations, and other offenses.

  1. Activision Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment has been one of the most successful companies in the video game industry. It has also been at the center of controversy over its treatment of employees. Frances Townsend joined Activision Blizzard as Senior Director of Human Resources in November 2008. In this role, she led all aspects of human resources activities including recruiting, employee relations, benefits, compensation, training, performance management, and succession planning.

  1. Assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (DHS/CT)

From October 2004 until August 2006, Ms. Townsend served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Her responsibilities included oversight of the Department’s efforts to combat terrorism, protect against weapons of mass destruction, secure ports, and borders, and respond to natural disasters.

  1. Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs & Communications

Ms. Townsend served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications from July 2002 until May 2003. As part of her duties, she oversaw communications for the company’s public affairs, investor relations, corporate governance, legal matters, and government affairs functions.


As you can see, Ms. Townsend has had a long career in law enforcement and private practice. She brings extensive experience to our board, and we are confident that she will be a valuable asset to us as we continue to grow.

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