Anthony Watson (London, England) (October 2013 – Present)

Anthony Watson is a leading British business and technology executive who serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Uphold, Inc. the world’s largest, and fastest growing ‘cloud-money’ platform.

Prior to joining Uphold, Inc., Anthony was the Global Chief Information Officer of Nike, Inc. where, as a member of Nike’s executive committee he had company-wide strategic and operational responsibility for leading and delivering technology for the world's largest sportswear and sports apparel brand. Previously Watson was the Managing Director & Chief Information Officer of Europe Middle East Retail & Business Banking (EMERBB) and of Global Operations at Barclays Bank PLC. In addition Anthony was Chair of the EMERBB Operating Committee. Before Barclays Anthony was the Senior Vice President & Global Head of Technology Services at Wells Fargo & Co, where he led the technology division of the bank across 44 countries and was a member of the Wells Fargo Bank International Executive Committee.

In addition to serving as a member of GLAAD’s National Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Anthony is also an Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Digital Global Services, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is also a Patron of Diversity Role Models, the LGBT education and anti-homophobic bullying charity based in the United Kingdom (UK) and Chair & Head Judge of the European Diversity Awards, Europe’s largest awards ceremony, which recognizes and celebrates individuals, organizations and companies from across Europe, that make a difference in the field of diversity and inclusion.

  • October 2015: Financial Times named Anthony the 9th (out of 100) most influential LGBT business leader in the world.
  • January 2015: Telegraph Newspaper named Anthony the 4th (out of 50) most powerful LGBT business leader in the UK.
  • November 2014: Independent Newspaper placed Anthony 44th (out of 101) in a reader’s poll of LGBT people who make ‘Great Britain a better place to live’. In a list dominated by celebrities, Anthony was only one of two business leaders on the list.
  • October 2014: Fortune Magazine placed Anthony 19th in Fortune’s “40 under 40”, which lists the world’s 40 most powerful C-Suite executives under 40.

Anthony is based in London, UK but spends the majority of his time on the West Coast of the USA when not traveling extensively on business. He tweets at: @AnthonyWatson