Watson made the move from Barclays Bank where he has been the London-based managing director and CIO for Europe and the Middle East, as well as Global Operations since 2009.
Watson was also the chair of Barclays’ Europe, Middle East retail and business banking operating committee and co-chair of Barclays’ Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Prior to Barclays, Watson was senior vice-president and global head of technology services for Wells Fargo. He has also held senior roles at CitiGroup, Unisys, Microsoft and First-e Bancorp, Europe’s first internet bank.
“We look forward to Anthony joining our team and bringing his deep knowledge, expertise and vision to lead Nike’s overall technology strategy,” said Eric Sprunk, chief operating officer for Nike. “We are confident he can deliver progressive and innovative technology solutions and help us to continue to drive sustainable, profitable growth.”
Watson, 38, will join Nike in mid-April and will report to Sprunk.
Barclays global chief operations and technology officer Shaygan Kheradpir left the bank in November last year to become CEO at Juniper Networks after two years transforming its digital strategy.