Welcome New Board Member, Sam Walker!
Sam Walker has spent his career working in business, law, and labor and education policy. Most recently, he led Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and was a member of Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet. He also chaired the Workforce and Education cabinet, driving innovation and business leadership at the intersection of work-based learning and skills-based hiring. He currently serves on Colorado’s Business Experiential Learning and Access to Justice Commissions.
Sam returned to public service after retiring as the longest-serving chief-level officer in the history of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a NYSE-listed business headquartered in Denver, with operations in more than 70 countries. Sam was the company’s general counsel for 15 years, designing the mergers and acquisitions that transformed MCBC into a global industry powerhouse. He built a legal team recognized for diversity and excellence, including: the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Outstanding Corporate Commitment Award (2018); and the American Lawyer global grand prize for the global M&A deal of the year (shared with the legal departments of Anheuser Busch InBev and SABMiller plc) (2016). In addition to his legal role, Sam held numerous business roles at MCBC, including: managing director for MillerCoors, the second-largest beer company in the U.S. (2008-2012); global chief people (HR) officer (2012-2016); and global corporate affairs officer (leading external and internal communications, government affairs, and corporate social responsibility) (2016-2018). He championed diversity, working to create a highly diverse enterprise leadership team.
Before joining the Company in 2002, Sam was a partner for 10 years at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding, LLP, handling trial and non-trial matters.
Sam has held several federal posts. From 1989 through 1992, he was an appointee in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. He ran the largest agency in the U.S. Department of Labor, the Employment Standards Administration, and held a policy appointment at the U.S. Department of Education. He also served as a clearance counsel during the 2000 transition of President George W. Bush.
Sam is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
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