Mission accomplished? Hardly! As a reserve officer in the Marine Corps, Captain Abdulrahim feels that many Marines come from backgrounds even more disadvantaged than his. He finds that the Marine Corps provides structure, guidance and mentorship opportunities for these individuals, an incremental nudge, that in turn helps put them on a path of hope and confidence.
Even though it is just a weekend each month and a few weeks each year that reservists come together, it is a chance to make a difference in the lives of these young men and women, and Captain Abdulrahim relishes that opportunity. Today, this takes on greater significance for these young Marines who may be impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
In addition to just being a stellar person, his credibility quotient goes up with his fellow Marines when he displays his work swag. “They all know what Activision is. It’s just the right demographic, especially with Call of Duty”, says Captain Abdulrahim. Interestingly, his credibility extends across both the military and civilian worlds that he straddles. For 6-years, he was a designer at a small studio called Forgotten Empires and worked on the ‘Age of Empires’ franchise known for its Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games. He actually started with them when he was deployed in Romania, and then continued working part-time as he worked at JP Morgan Chase, and also as he went to business school at Chicago Booth.
Captain Ramsey Abdulrahim joined Activision Blizzard this past summer on their MBA Graduate Rotation Program. This program recruits and develops diverse leaders from MBA programs who, over three 8-month rotations, spanning two years, are exposed to different functions and parts of the Activision-Blizzard-King family, including the studios. In his first role in the rotational program, Ramsey is embedded with the Production Management Group for Call of Duty.