Anthony Watson Elected to GLAAD Board of Directors

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

November 1, 2013

GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, announced today that Anthony Watson has been elected to the Board of Directors of GLAAD. Watson was also appointed as a voting member of GLAAD’s Finance Committee.

"Media images that people see around the globe as a result of GLAAD's work have a tremendous impact in growing support and acceptance for LGBT people, as well as passing laws that provide vital protections for our families," said GLAAD's Acting President Dave Montez. "With his esteemed and significant history in advocating for the rights of LGBT people, not only in the United Kingdom but around the world, we are very fortunate to have Anthony’s valuable contribution to our Board and to begin working with him as GLAAD's international work continues to evolve."

“I am deeply humbled to be the first ever British Citizen and, more importantly, the first ever non-American Citizen to be appointed to the Board of Directors of GLAAD. I am very excited to work with this truly exceptional team,” Watson said. He continued, “GLAAD’s critical work transcends national boundaries. It is of vital importance that the global LGBT community becomes stakeholders in GLAAD's critical work. The United States (“US”) media is by far the most widely consumed and syndicated media internationally and is affecting cultural change not only in the US, but also around the world. I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity to contribute my life experience and energy to furthering GLAAD’s crucial mission globally."

Watson's election to GLAAD’s Board of Directors became effective as of the 25th of October 2013.

About Anthony Watson:
Anthony is Managing Director & Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) of Europe Middle East Retail & Business Banking & Global Operations at Barclays Bank PLC and is the only openly gay CIO of a Fortune 100 company in the world. Immediately prior to joining Barclays Bank PLC, Watson 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. Previously he has worked for Citi Group, Microsoft and First-e Bancorp, the world’s first internet bank.

Watson is an Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee at Digital Global Services, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange.  In addition, Watson is a Trustee and Member of the Board of The Inclusive Foundation, an independent grant-giving charity that provides financial support, advice and assistance to charitable and voluntary organizations working in equality, diversity and inclusion from across the United Kingdom (“UK”).

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. Watson is a British citizen and lives in London, England.
 
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 Europe. 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” and in September 2012, Watson won the "Diversity Champion of the Year" award at the European Diversity Awards.

Watson’s detailed biography and picture can be found here: http://www.glaad.org/about/board/anthonywatson

You can follow Anthony on twitter: @AnthonyWatson