Job Title : Managing director & CIO, Europe Retail & Business Banking & Global Operations

Organization : Barclays Bank

Anthony Watson’s role at Barclays puts him in charge of the bank’s technology infrastructure in 44 countries.

As managing director and CIO for Europe Retail & Business Banking & Global Operations at the bank, he is also responsible for applications, services, infrastructure and major projects across multiple departments.

He leads more than 1,800 technologists, who in turn support 20,000 colleagues in the bank and 8.4 million customers through 3,000 distribution points.

In addition, Watson is currently the only openly gay CIO in a FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 company in the world.

In July 2012 he featured in the World Pride Power List 2012 – published in The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal – and was voted the 56th most influential gay person in the world. Watson is a champion for diversity inside and outside Barclays. He visits schools in the UK to offer advice and guidance to students and teachers in challenging homophobic bullying and in celebrating diversity and difference.