rod walker, managing director, atlanta


Rod Walker

Managing Director

Rod has over 20 years experience accelerating cross-functional initiatives and transforming organizations
for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. At Kotter, Rod serves as lead consultant on
engagements helping clients accelerate their transformational change efforts with a focus on an overall
sustainable impact. His passion is helping solve complex organizational challenges better and faster and
building lasting relationships along the way.

Rod is committed to giving back to his local community. He is a member of the Board of Directors for
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and currently serves as its Board Chair. Rod is a
graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program (GMP). He also earned an
MBA from The University of North Carolina and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science
from Clark Atlanta University.

Rod is based out of Atlanta, GA.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

I have spent the majority of my career working with clients on transforming their organizations and operating
models. Having the opportunity to work with Dr. Kotter and the Kotter team to help clients amplify their
own potential is quite the opportunity and challenge. At Kotter, we are the experts in leading complex
change, yet every day, we are striving to identify different ways of working to deliver more impactful
outcomes for all of our clients — this consistently keeps my intellectual juices flowing.

What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?

Change is difficult and complex at the individual and organizational levels. I thoroughly enjoy working
side by side with clients to help them understand the opportunities related to change and how to embrace
it and make the outcomes part of their DNA moving forward. This is always a journey and being in the
trenches with clients helps me understand the uniqueness of their environments and build trust and
bonds along the way.

What in your background helps you in this job?

I have been fortunate enough to work in organizations in the past where I delivered Corporate and IT
Transformations for very large and complex environments. There is no substitution for understanding the
true challenges and potential of clients / organizations than helping drive strategy and lead the execution
of complex change end-to-end. I believe my experiences with these align very well with Kotter’s focus of
helping clients overcoming barriers to leading complex change.

What’s got you thinking right now?

Deepak Chopra always has me thinking and trying to improve on many facets. Currently, I am focusing
on thinking that he got from a Buddhist monastery — The most important time in your life is right now and
the most important way to create the future is to act with awareness right now.

Share something about you that would surprise people.

I have always been intrigued by government and public policy and had aspirations of running for public
office early in my career.