Data Industry Veteran, Alex Watson, joins Cisive as Chief Operating Officer

October 04, 2022

Global background screening and compliance solutions provider Cisive announces Alex Watson as its incoming Chief Operating Officer.

Cisive, a global provider of compliance-driven human capital management and risk management solutions, announced Alex Watson as its Chief Operating Officer. Cisive is a portfolio company of GTCR, a leading private equity firm, which acquired the business in December 2021.

“Cisive is excited to welcome Alex Watson as our Chief Operating Officer,” said James Owens, President, and CEO at Cisive. “His decades of experience in complex data solutions and global operations make him an excellent addition to our executive team as Cisive continues to increase its presence worldwide. Alex’s leadership will be vital as we strategically increase operational efficiencies and data automation to continue our rapid growth.”

“This is an exciting time to be joining Cisive as the need for high quality, compliant solutions in human capital management has never been greater," said Watson. "I look forward to the opportunities we have to grow as an organization and continually improve the delivery of our differentiated solutions to our clients and their employees.”

Alex Watson is an experienced operations executive with more than 20 years in senior leadership roles, most recently within the RELX information and analytics businesses. His most recent role was at LexisNexis Legal & Professional, where he served as Chief Operating Officer, including responsibility for data operations, customer services, customer experience and the RELX global share services center. Prior to his COO role, Watson has been Executive Vice President Global Operations for LexisNexis after previously leading global editorial operations for the Elsevier Science & Health division of RELX. Watson’s early career was in software and data services startups in the UK. He holds a master’s degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

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About Cisive

Cisive is a global leader in compliance-driven human capital and risk management solutions, providing onboarding and pre-employment background screening solutions to address large enterprises' complex challenges and needs with dedicated, in-country account management teams committed to customer satisfaction. Cisive is accredited by the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA) and was named for the fifth consecutive year by HRO Today to the 2021 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction rankings of Top Pre-Employment Screening Providers, in addition to being named Company of the Year by CIO Review. The company and its brands serve clients in financial services, transportation, telecom/media, healthcare, utilities, and home services end-markets, among others. For additional information, please visit