Kellye Walker is a senior legal executive with over 20 years of experience helping functional organizations at publicly traded companies increase organizational value through forward thinking, strategic discipline and a focus on continuous improvement. These skills have been parlayed into value creation not only in the legal function, but also in her capacity as an advisor to boards of directors on a variety of corporate governance and other matters, as well as a leader of other functional organizations.
Ms. Walker is chief legal officer for Huntington Ingalls industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of services, including training systems, logistics support, information technology, fleet maintenance and modernization, unmanned undersea systems, nuclear engineering and fabrication, and oil and gas engineering. At Huntington Ingalls, Ms. Walker is a member of the executive leadership team and provides oversight, guidance and strategic counsel to the business on legal, regulatory, board and corporate governance matters. She leads a team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, including compliance, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Walker came to HII from American Water Works Co., the country’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company, where she was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and held the roles of Chief Administrative Officer, and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining American Water, Ms. Walker served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Diageo North America. At Diageo, she was a member of the Global Legal Leadership Team and the North American Executive Team. Ms. Walker previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club and as a corporate partner in major law firms in Boston, Massachusetts and in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ms. Walker’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel (former Board Member) and the Executive Leadership Council, among others. She also serves and has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of civic and non-profit organizations. Ms. Walker’s professional, civic and non-profit contributions have been widely recognized.
Ms. Walker received her B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law.