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Right-Wing Organization Calls for Bobby Kotick's Removal from Coca-Cola's Board

Bobby Kotick is a member of the Coca-Cola board of directors in addition to his role as CEO of Activision Blizzard.
Bobby Kotick is a member of the Coca-Cola board of directors in addition to his role as CEO of Activision Blizzard. / Kevin Dietsch/GettyImages

The right-wing policy organization National Legal and Policy Center has asked Coca-Cola chairman and CEO James Quincey to "immediately seek the resignation" of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick from Coca-Cola's board of directors, on which Kotick serves.

The NLPC, which "promotes ethics in public life," invoked Coke's history of quick and public action on other "controversial public policy issues," in the letter, published Tuesday.

"Mr. Quincey, you have not hesitated to involve the Company in controversial public policy issues, even when significant portions of our customers, shareholders and business partners have disagreed with your views," wrote the director of the NLPC's Corporate Integrity Project, Paul Chesser. He pointed to Coke's condemnation of the Election Integrity Act Georgia passed earlier this year as an example.

The NLPC demand is motivated by a series of reports, lawsuits and investigations detailing the culture of sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard. A group of Activision Blizzard shareholders and employees at the company have also called for Kotick's removal, and the heads of PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo have criticized the company's response to these accusations.

"Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable," Chesser continued. "There exists no constituency in favor of sexual harassment, except perhaps among corporate executives who cover for each other."

"Here is an opportunity to do the right thing. Mr. Kotick's continued membership on the Coca-Cola board is unacceptable. It is time for you to act."