Robert Walker, European Growth Officer at Alltech and CEO of Keenan

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
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.