Anthony Watson is a leading British business and technology executive. He is the President & Chief Operating Officer of BitReserve; the worlds first cloud based financial service that allows anyone to pay, transfer, hold or exchange any type of currency or commodity without the need and cost of a traditional bank or transaction intermediary. BitReserve is completely free, instant and transparent.
Before joining BitReserve, Watson 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. Prior to Nike, Inc., Watson was Managing Director & Chief Information Officer of Europe Middle East Retail & Business Banking and of Global Operations at Barclays Bank PLC. 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. Watson has also worked for Microsoft and First-e Bancorp, Europe’s first Internet bank.
In addition to serving as a member of the National Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of GLAAD, Watson is 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 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.
In October 2014, Watson was placed 19th in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40” which lists the world’s 40 most powerful C-Suite executives under 40. In the same month, in the Financial Times, Watson was ranked as the 4th most influential LGBT business leader in the world. In July 2014, In the World Pride Power list published by the United Kingdom’s Guardian Newspaper, Watson was voted in a readers poll as the 9th most influential LGBT person in the world.
Watson splits his time Los Angeles and London. He tweets at: @AnthonyWatson