President & CEO
CAPT Johnny Walker, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is THOR’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Walker founded THOR in 2009 to be the premier maritime domain solutions provider by addressing our clients’ most complex challenges and advancing programs of national interest and global significance. THOR is focused on ensuring safety and mission readiness for U.S. and partner-nation Sailors, Marines, and Mariners who sail into harms way and protect the strategic maritime crossroads, trade systems, security, prosperity, and freedoms we cherish as Americans.
As President and CEO, Mr. Walker develops and implements THOR’s mission, vision, and overall line of sight. He has developed THOR into a rapidly growing SDVOSB supporting U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial maritime domain clients through his decisive leadership and collaborative management approach. Regularly soliciting inputs from across the organization, industry, and clients, Mr. Walker maintains a current understanding of technical, industry, and client developments across the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial maritime environment. Mr. Walker is a recognized acquisition and in-service life cycle management Subject Matter Expert in areas including, but not limited to, Machinery Control Systems (MCS), Ships Control, Integrated Bridge Controls (IBCs), and power management across the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial maritime domain.
Mr. Walker has more than 35 years of experience, including more than 30 years of active duty U.S. Navy service where he progressed from the rank of E-1 to O-6. Mr. Walker served as the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare (SEA 21) Program Manager for In-Service Mine Warfare, Amphibious, Auxiliary, and Command (MAAC) Ships (PMS 470), where he led an integrated military, civilian, and contractor staff of more than 200 personnel charged with the Fleet introduction, modernization, life cycle management, and sustainment of more than 80 ships and 10 U.S. Navy drydocks. He was directly responsible for programming and execution of a $5B budget for modernization, new system integration, and sustainment for in service MAAC ships. Mr. Walker initiated and drove open Amphibious Ship-Air integration for new aircraft systems including MV-22 Tilt Rotor OSPREY, Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lightning II STOVL and CH-53K Super Stallion Heavy Lift Replacement (HLR). He also envisioned the requirement for Amphibious ship integration of emerging larger, heavier, and higher weight per volume density Marine Corps Ground Combat Element (GCE)/Air Combat Element (ACE) vehicles, aircraft, and equipment, and initiated and led the crucial data collective, analysis, and systems engineering required to modernize Navy Amphibious ships to meet future Marine Corps GCE/ACE requirements. Mr. Walker’s prior tours included:
- Assistant Program Manager PMS 377J LCAC/Amphibious Warfare, where he was responsible for LCAC Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) extending craft service life from 20 to 30 years. Within this $500M program, LCAC SLEP modifications included repair/refurbishment of the hull, main engine upgrades, installation of a new skirt system, and upgrades to the communication/navigation systems. Mr. Walker successfully led the ACAT1D Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program support team and ensured Milestone B program compliance.
- CO, USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44), where he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and training of 30 officers, 340 enlisted sailors, and 505 embarked Marines on a $1B Amphibious Assault ship. He managed an annual budget of over $25M and successfully led USS GUNSTON HALL through a major overhaul, complex training certification, and expeditionary integration as well as wartime deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freed/Enduring Freedom.
- Director Expeditionary Warfare / Deputy Branch Head and Surface Mine Countermeasures Requirements Officer Mine Warfare Branch OPNAV N85, where he led a team of officers and civilians in development of Mine Countermeasures and Mine Warfare Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS) inputs to the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). Mr. Walker defined measures of effectiveness for achieving policy goals, examined relevant capabilities, and developed comprehensive, executable, defendable programmatic alternatives.
- CO, USS CHAMPION (MCM 4), where he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and training of ten officers and 85 enlisted sailors assigned to a $100M mine countermeasures ship. He managed a budget of over $9M.
Additional prior tours included Operations Officer aboard USS NORMANDY (CG-60) and USS O’BANNON (DD-987), Commander Amphibious Squadron TWO CTF 61/Submarine Squadron Group EIGHT CTF69 Staff Cryptologist & Signals Warfare, Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group ONE Staff Deception Planner/Acting Electronic Warfare Officer and Surface Strike Planner, and USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA) / Acting Chief Engineer (CHENG) / Combat Information Center Officer / Deck Officer.
Mr. Walker earned a B.A. in Management Information Systems at the University of Oklahoma and a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Walker is also a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Program Management Certified by the Defense Acquisition University.