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 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 his senior executive role at NIKE and membership 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. 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.
In October 2014, Watson was placed 19th in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40” which lists the world’s 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 2013 he was placed 9th). In July 2014, In the World Pride Power list published by the UK’s Guardian Newspaper, Watson was voted in a readers poll the 9th most influential LGBT person in the world. (in 2013 he was ranked 26th).
Watson is a British Citizen and lives between Portland, Oregon and London, England. He tweets at: @AnthonyWatson