Brian Walker is Vice President, Digital Architecture and Operations for W.W. Grainger, Inc. North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He was named to this role in September 2017.
Brian leads Graingerís digital solutions, including the industry leading website Grainger.com as well as the company’s newest digital offering, Gamut.com. Prior to this role, he led the development, launch and operations of Gamut.com.
Since joining Grainger in 2006, Brian has held several roles with increasing responsibility. While headquartered in London, England, he served as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Graingerís Online Business with operations in Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has also led teams responsible for corporate strategy, product management and pricing for the U.S. Grainger Business.
Prior to joining Grainger, he led teams in warehousing, logistics, supply chain and sales operations at McMaster-Carr Supply Company.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from DePaul University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a member of Wesleyan’s President Council and has served as a founding board member for Wesleyan’s Quantitative Analysis Center.