Dr. Derek Walker serves as Director Quality & Environmental & Sustainability at Coca Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB) based in Dallas, TX. CCSWB is part of the Arca Continental (3rd largest Global bottler of Coca Cola).
Dr. Walker has more than 20 years of experience in “Consumer Packaged Goods” and 8 years of experience in the Quick Service Restaurant industry. Prior to his current position, Derek served as a Practice Leader and developed the Food Industry & Science recruiting business at Kaye Bassman International. In addition, Dr. Walker held roles as Vice President, Research & Development for Jack in the Box Inc (San Diego, CA), and Global Vice President, Research & Development/Quality Management for Papa John’s International (Louisville, KY).
Previous positions also included being the Director of Packaging & Processing for Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. (Middleboro, MA), Director, Continuous Improvement – Process for Sara Lee Corporation (Chicago, IL), Vice President Research & Development /Quality Assurance at Sara Lee Corporation’s State Fair Foods Division (Dallas, TX). Dr. Walker’s early career included positions R&D and Product Development at both Pizza Hut (Wichita, KS) and General Mills Inc (Minneapolis, MN).
Dr. Walker is very passionate about blending technical capability, leadership capability and business acumen to show how technical functions can been viewed as “value added” by incorporating business context into technical decisions.
Dr. Walker is proud Oklahoma State University alumnus. He has earned a B.S. Animal Science, M.S. and a Ph.D. in Food Science. Dr. Walker is married to Brenita Randle Walker and they have one daughter. He enjoys fishing all around North America and attending Oklahoma State University athletic events.