Bob Watson is a successful CEO, Company Director and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience building, managing and directing private and public companies globally.His major areas of business focus have been Information Technology and the Internet although he has also been involved in Biotechnology and other business sectors.
Bob has previously been the CEO of several large and profitable IT companies in Australia and the UK.
He was Chairman of ASX listed companies SEEK and Cytopia and a Director of ASX listed Virgin Airlines and NASDAQ listed YM Biosciences. Bob was also a director of an Australian based Technology focused Investment Bank and has significant experience in M&A and capital raising.
He founded, managed and ultimately sold several businesses in Information Technology, Professional Services and Contract Labour. One such business, ICON, employed over 2,000 staff with branches in every Australian state, NZ, Singapore and Hong Kong and was twice recognised as the fastest growing private company in Australia.
Bob was a director of SEEK for 14 years being a seed investor, active director and Chairman. During this time SEEK grew from a small start-up to an ASX top 100 company and the largest business of its kind globally with market leading operations in Australia, NZ, Brazil, Mexico, China and several countries in S/E Asia and a market cap in excess of $3.5B.
Bob continues to act as non-executive director and investor for private technology start-ups providing strategic guidance and commercial support for founders.