Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker
National Director 

Anthony is Vice President – Specialty Tax at Walmart.  In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of Walmart’s $17.0B Specialty Tax function including tax planning, compliance, and systems. The Specialty Tax area includes Sales & Use Tax, Property Tax, Product Tax, Tobacco, Fuel and other excise taxes.  
Walmart helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,000 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue exceeding $482 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.   Prior to joining Walmart, Anthony served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Red Lobster, (at the time) a division of Darden Restaurants.  Anthony was a member of the Red Lobster Executive Team with responsibility for delivering Total Sales, SameRestaurant Sales & Guest Counts, and Operating Profit.  Anthony also spent three years as Vice President and Head of Tax at Darden with responsibility for all tax-related planning, audit, accounting, and compliance activities across the enterprise.   Before joining Darden, Anthony was Tax Director at Yum! Brands, Inc. based in Louisville, KY.  In his position, Anthony had responsibility for all federal and state tax issues including income, franchise, sales/use and property taxes for both the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell business units.  He was also responsible for managing the effective tax rate and directing the income tax compliance process. Additionally, Anthony worked in Atlanta as a Tax Specialist for Cox Enterprises and as a Senior Tax Consultant with Arthur Andersen, LLP. 
Anthony received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and his Master of Accountancy in Taxation from the University of Georgia and also received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also a member of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and past President of The Florida Chapter of TEI. 

Chapter Affiliation: Florida