Honorary degree for DC Thomson publishing CEO Ellis Watson By Mark Mackay July 13 2017, 8.47am Updated: July 15 2017, 9.42am Ellis Watson. [[title]] [[text]] An error occurred. Please try again. [[success]] Email address Sign up Ellis Watson, the chief executive officer of publishing at DC Thomson, has been recognised for his contribution to the UK media industry. Mr Watson received an honorary award of Doctor of Business Administration (Hon DBA) from Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen on Wednesday.