Donald Walker was named Chief Executive Officer on September 13, 2010. Magna is a U.S. $40+billion global automotive supplier that designs, develops and manufactures components and systems for the world’s leading automakers. Magna has over 174,000 employees, 348 plants in 28 countries.
Walker was Co-CEO from 2005 –2010 and was Chairman and CEO of Intier Automotive from 2001 –2005. Prior to taking Intier public, hewas President and CEO of Magna from 1994-2001.
Walker joined Magna in 1987. Before joining Magna he spent seven years at General Motors in various engineering and manufacturing positions, including involvement in a new vehicle launch and new assembly plant.
He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA Science Mechanical Engineering degree in 1980.
In July 2002, Walker became Co-Chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) with the Federal and Provincial Governments to identify both short-and long-term priorities that will help ensure the future health of the automotive industry in Canada. In 2007, Don became a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. Don was the past Chairman of the APMA.
Throughout his career, Walker has been honoured with several notable recognitions. A few recent examples include being named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2014, selected to Fortune magazine’s Global Business Person of the Year list in 2015, and featured on Financial Post Magazine’s first annual Power List in 2016. Walker was also named #25 on Motor Trend magazine’sPower List2017 and the Toronto Star’s Top Five Newsmakers to watch in 2017. Most recently, he ranked among the top CEOs in Canada in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award 2018 which is based on feedback provided by employees.
A native of Canada, Don Walker was born in August, 1956.