Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters
Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings. Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy. An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market. Ms. Walton recently was awarded the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award. An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.