Born and raised in Scotland, Stephen Watson attended the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He relocated to Louisiana in 1994 and earned his MBA and BS from Nicholls State University. Stephen held the positions of Development Director and Membership Manager at 89.9 WWNO, the NPR affiliate radio station for New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. In September 2002, Stephen, the grandson of a British WWII fighter pilot, joined the then-National D-Day Museum as Director of Membership, launching a national membership campaign that in its first 18 months helped increase the Museum’s membership base from 5,000 to 60,000. In 2004, Stephen was promoted to Associate Vice President of Development, and in 2009 he was appointed Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, managing the Museum’s daily operations, educational programming, collections and acquisitions, and marketing and public relations. In January 2014, Stephen was promoted to Executive Vice President.