Activation Blizzard announced on the 2nd of August that co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will take over J. Allen Brack’s role. This comes amid California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s lawsuit.
The New Leaders
Jen Oneal became part of Blizzard in January 2021, taking the role of executive vice president of development. She has been part of the Diablo and Overwatch franchises.
Mike Ybarra joined the company in 2019. He filled in the position of executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology. He’s also been part of Battle.net.
In addition, both have taken different roles in the gaming industry for decades.
The former president J. Allen Brack issued a statement, saying: “I am confident that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to realize its full potential and will accelerate the pace of change. I anticipate they will do so with passion and enthusiasm and that they can be trusted to lead with the highest levels of integrity and commitment to the components of our culture that make Blizzard so special.”
Why Was This Necessary
DFEH’s investigation showed that Blizzard has just a few female employees – only 20% of the whole.
Moreover, global statistics show that less than 20% of women secure leadership positions in the tech industry.
The change of leadership was a necessary move. It comes as a result of the ongoing scandal about sexual harassment and degrading attitude towards women. Certainly, Blizzard shows its set on keeping its word about changing the environment, starting with the people.