A veteran of the financial services industry, Debra Walton is Chief Content Officer, Financial & Risk, at Thomson Reuters, where she leads a group of nearly 4,000 people with end-to-end responsibility for strategy and management of the firm’s information and analytics offerings. She is a member of Financial & Risk’s executive leadership team and is the executive sponsor of the Thomson Reuters Women’s network. Debra has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing strategy, and product development.
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. She was also a senior vice president at Dow Jones Telerate.
Born and raised in rural Australia, Debra began her career in financial services at Australian Gilt Securities, a specialist broker-dealer in the Australian government-bond market. She helped launch Giltnet Limited, an Australian company offering one of the first commercially marketed bond-analytics products.
Debra 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.
She recently was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won a merit award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s 2015 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. Debra is a regular speaker on financial services and gender diversity issues, and authors a blog for the Huffington Post.
An avid golfer and sailor, Debra lives in Connecticut with her husband Marc.