Square Names Activision Blizzard’s Ahuja as Finance Chief

After Activision CFO Heads Over to Netflix, Blizzard CFO Departs for Square

After Activision CFO Heads Over to Netflix, Blizzard CFO Departs for Square

In December, Kotaku reported a sea change in Blizzard's executive leadership as an increasing number of Activision veterans - like Ahuja - coming into leadership positions on the other side of the company. The publisher terminated its CFO, Spencer Neumann, early in the week, and now Blizzard's CFO, Amrita Ahuja, is leaving for Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's mobile payment company, Square.

Square, Inc. announced today that Amrita Ahuja will join the company as Chief Financial Officer.

Activision Blizzard's shares have fallen more than 30 percent in the past year. In her prior work life, she worked for companies including Walt Disney, Morgan Stanley and Fox Networks.

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"In Amrita, we have found an unbelievable, multidimensional business leader", Dorsey said Thursday in a statement.

"Amrita has a rare combination of financial acumen, strategic operational experience, and the ability to dive deep into a multifaceted business", said David Viniar, Square's Lead Independent Director and former CFO of Goldman Sachs. "I believe Square is building the most innovative commerce ecosystem for sellers and consumers, and I am excited to help the company execute against this massive opportunity". Ahuja is the second executive to leave the Santa Monica, California-based company this week - on December 31 Activision abruptly said it was firing CFO Spencer Neumann for causes unrelated to financial reporting.

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