Anthony Watson is the Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) of NIKE, Inc. ("NIKE") where he has company-wide strategic and operational responsibility for leading and delivering all enterprise information technology across all NIKE category, product and business brands, operational and geographic business units, affiliate brands and subsidiaries, globally.
Immediately prior to NIKE Watson was Managing Director & CIO of Europe Middle East Retail & Business Banking (“EMERBB”) and of Global Operations at Barclays Bank PLC and was Chair of the EMERBB Operating Committee. Previously he was Senior Vice President & Global Head of Technology Services for Wells Fargo & Co, where he led the technology division of the bank across 44 countries and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Bank International. Watson has also worked for Microsoft and First-e Bancorp, Europe’s first Internet bank.
Watson is an Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board, Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a Member of the Remuneration Committee of Digital Global Services, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. In addition, he is an ambassador for Stonewall, Europe's largest LGB rights charity and an ambassador for Diversity Role Models, the LGBT education and anti-homophobic bullying charity.
Watson is the Chair 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.
Watson is a passionate champion of diversity, equality and inclusion; and he regularly speaks to governments, companies, universities and communities around the world on this topic. In addition, he visits schools in the UK to offer advice and guidance to both students and teachers, in challenging homophobic bullying and celebrating equality, diversity and difference.
In October 2013, Watson was placed 9th (out of 50 individuals) in the Financial Times newspaper’s listing of the most influential LGBT business leaders in the world. In the same month, in the Independent newspaper’s "Pink List", Watson was ranked in a readers’ vote as the 66th most influential LGBT person in the UK. In the same poll in 2012, he was ranked 60th most influential LGBT person in the UK.
In July, in the World Pride Power List 2013, published in the Guardian newspaper, Watson was voted the 26th most influential LGBT person in the world, alongside Tim Cook (CEO, Apple), Lord John Browne (Former CEO, BP) and Elio Di Rupo (Prime Minister of Belgium). In the same list in 2012, he was raked 56th most influential LGBT person in the world.
In April 2013, in CIO Magazine, Watson was voted the 6th (out of 50 individuals) most innovative and influential CIO in Europe. In the same month, in the OUT IN THE CITY reader’s awards, Watson was awarded “Inspirational Role Model of the Year”. In November 2012, in TechRepublic.com, Watson was placed in the top 20 (Out of 50) of the worlds most influential CIO’s, as voted for by fellow CIO’s and in September 2012, Watson won the "Diversity Champion of the Year" award at the European Diversity Awards.
Watson tweets at: @AnthonyWatson