Anthony Watson is a veteran of the information technology business

Anthony Watson is a veteran of the information technology business

Sports giant Nike has appointed ex-Barclays Bank executive Anthony Watson to the newly created role of chief information officer.

Watson, a veteran of the information technology business, joins Nike from Barclays, where he was managing director and CIO for Europe and the Middle East.

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 Corp, 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, COO for Nike. "We are confident he can deliver progressive and innovative technology solutions and help us to continue to drive sustainable, profitable growth."