John Walker leads Navigant’s research and development (R&D) management team. He is considered an expert in the strategic management of R&D. He has advised the United States Senate Armed Services Committee; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency; the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority; NASA; the United States Coast Guard; and all three Defense Services. Walker has also advised C-level executives of many of the country’s leading companies.
John's primary specialty lies in the annual review of large R&D portfolios and their associated investment considerations. With upwards of $5 billion of R&D programs evaluated annually, Walker is one of the country's foremost portfolio analysts. In this domain, he has developed advanced methodologies and sophisticated tools to assist clients in making investment decisions in the face of changing requirements, risk and uncertainty, and strategic goals.
John developed Navigant’s R&D management tools and methods over many years of focused consulting. While at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he mentored under Philip Roussel, one of the early pioneers in R&D management.
John also has extensive experience working with private equity, venture capital, and corporate investors, and brings this perspective to the R&D domain. He has extensive international work experience and has consulted in virtually every major industrial sector over almost 20 years of consulting.