Dave Walker

Dave Walker

The Hon. David M. Walker is a former comptroller general of the U.S. and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is the honorary chairman of and senior adviser to, Inc.

Dave has more than 40 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has led organizations in all three sectors of the economy and has a proven track record of achieving positive transformational change.

His experience includes serving as comptroller general of the U.S. and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998-2008.  From 2008-2013, Dave ran two non-profit entities, the Comeback America Initiative and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, that promoted fiscal responsibility and government transformation at the federal, state and local levels. His prior experience includes serving as a partner and global managing director for the Human Capital Services Practice with Arthur Andersen LLP (1989-1998); U.S. assistant secretary of labor and head of the Employee Benefits Security Administration; and acting executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He also served as one of two public trustees for Social Security and Medicare from 1990-1995 while he was a partner with Arthur Andersen. His international experience includes serving as the first chairman of the Independent Audit Advisory Committee for the United Nations from 2008-2011.  Previously, he served as a member of the board of governors and chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force for the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (iNTOSAI).

Dave is a CPA and a recognized financial and change management expert. He also has significant strategic planning, risk management, human capital and other functional experience spanning a number of industries.

Dave has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees and has won numerous domestic and international awards for his leadership, innovation and public service. He is an inductee to the International Accounting Hall of Fame and a member of a number of other organizations, including the Trilateral Commission. Dave also serves on several nonprofit boards and is a senior adviser to several for-profit and nonprofit entities.

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