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Rod Walker

Chief Growth Officer

Rod has over 20 years experience accelerating change and transforming organizations for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. Rod leads the Consulting Operations at Kotter and serves as lead consultant for key clients and their leadership teams. 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.