Ellis Watson

Ellis Watson | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Ellis Watson | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, CEO, DC Thomson. Former Head of Syco Entertainment. Managing Director of Celador.
Drive business transformation and inspire change with Ellis Watson, speaker, renowned executive, and Chief Executive of DC Thomson, Scotland's leading media group.
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Ellis Watson | Speaker Biography

Ellis Watson is an accomplished executive with a wealth of experience in various industries. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Executive at DC Thomson, Scotland's leading media group. Prior to this, Watson has held significant roles in the entertainment and transportation sectors.

Starting his career as the Marketing Director at The Sun, under the guidance of Rupert Murdoch, Watson then became the CEO of Celador. During his time there, he oversaw the global expansion of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and managed a range of consumer products.

Watson later joined the board of FirstGroup, the world's largest privately owned public transport operator. He was tasked with revitalizing the struggling Greyhound Bus Company. Despite facing challenges with a $3 billion enterprise and a workforce of 27,000, Watson successfully transformed the business within 14 months, improving its reputation for safety, reliability, comfort, and service.

After his tenure at Greyhound, Watson returned to Fleet Street as the Managing Director of Mirror Group Newspapers, where he aimed to boost circulation. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony.

In 2011, Watson took on the role of Managing Director of Newspapers for DC Thomson, later becoming the Chief Executive Officer of DC Thomson Publishing in 2012. Currently, he serves as the Executive Chairman of DC Thomson Media and its subsidiaries, including Brightsolid, Wild & Wolf, and Breakthrough Dundee.

Throughout his career, Watson has demonstrated resilience and adaptability, successfully turning around businesses and driving growth through strategic leadership. With his extensive experience across diverse industries, he is highly sought-after as a speaker on topics such as motivation, business transformation, and change management.

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