John J. Walker
John J. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Mr. Walker has 37 years of financial and executive management experience, including 21 years as a Chief Financial Officer with both public and private companies. Since 2011, he has been a Director of The Descartes Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSGX, TSX: DSG), a logistics technology company, and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Walker served as a director of Schultze I from December 2018 until its business combination with Clever Leaves in December 2020. From 2006 through 2010, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Bowne & Company, a New York Stock Exchange-listed provider of documentation services largely to the financial services industry, during which he led and supervised a significant financial restructuring of the company leading to a sale of the company to R.R. Donnelley in 2010 for $481 million. Prior to Bowne & Company, from 1988 to 2006, he was an executive with Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation, then the 4th largest motion picture operator in the world, including sixteen years as Chief Financial Officer. In January 2006, the company was acquired by AMC Entertainment for $1.5 billion, creating the second-largest theater operator in the world.
Prior thereto, Mr. Walker served for six years as Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Corporate Property Investors, then one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States. He also served for six years as Treasurer and Assistant Corporate Controller of Princess Hotels International, a company involved in the ownership and operation of luxury resort hotels, real estate, and timesharing developments. He is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Walker started his professional career with then Price Waterhouse & Co. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton in 1974.