Johanna Faries
Courtesy of Activision Blizzard
United States
2022

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Johanna
Faries

SVP / General Manager, Call of Duty

After establishing the Call of Duty League during her tenure as esports head, Faries took over the entire “Call of Duty” brand in 2021, presiding over its highly popular free-to-play “Warzone” experience and annual mainline entries. The latest title, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II,” released in October and crossed $1 billion in sales within 10 days, the fastest title yet to do so in the franchise. While Microsoft has pledged it will commit to the current system of annual mainline titles for three years if its planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard is ­completed, Faries will still get to lead the strategy of one of the most ­popular series of console games ever in a new era for the Western publisher should the deal go through. That means the franchise could potentially expand beyond just annual releases and “Warzone,” adding far more to the 425 million lifetime sales it ­surpassed in June 2022.  

Career

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • NFL

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Gaming Leaders
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