As the European growth officer, Robert Walker serves as the CEO of KEENAN and head of key European markets for Alltech. He drives business growth via his work with ag-tech startups as manager of the Pearse Lyons Cultivator and via his responsibility for senior leadership talent development in the Alltech Mini-MBA program.
Walker joined Alltech in 2002 as a sales manager in Ireland. He later opened a regional sales office in Northern Ireland. In 2005, he transferred to Italy, where he served as country manager for Alltech before transitioning to the role of regional director of the eastern Mediterranean region. In 2011, Walker was appointed European director of Alltech Crop Science, based in Italy, and in 2013, he transferred to the U.S. to assume the position of global general manager for Alltech Crop Science. In 2016, Walker transferred to Ireland to assume his current position as CEO of KEENAN.
Walker received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Natal in South Africa in 1994. After graduating, he founded his own indoor farming enterprise in South Africa, through which he grew and packed flowers and tomatoes. Walker has also completed business courses at the University College Dublin Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Bocconi School of Management in Milan.