This excerpt taken from the ATVI DEF 14A filed Jul 29, 2008.
Role of Independent Compensation Consultants in Compensation Decisions
Pursuant to the Compensation Committee's charter, the Compensation Committee may engage compensation consultants to help formulate director and executive compensation. The Committee typically engages compensation consultants to advise on specific, non-routine issues. In December 2007, the Compensation Committee engaged Frederic Cook as compensation consultant to assess the compensation paid to Mr. Kotick pursuant to his amended employment agreement. See "Employment AgreementsRobert A. Kotick and Brian G. KellyKotick Employment Agreement" above for a description of this agreement. During fiscal 2008, Frederic Cook also provided benchmarking data with respect to non-employee director compensation. The Company did not otherwise engage a compensation consultant in fiscal 2008. Frederic Cook does not provide any other services to the Company.