Comedian, Comedic Development
Gregg Walker has been bringing down the house in clubs in the NYC metro area with his focus on his life as an African American businessman who has worked on Wall Street, for a US media company, and for a Japanese company.
Gregg's special insight into the hidden hilarity of the corporate world combines with his unique sense of racial humor to make him an outstanding performer for any crowd on any occasion. Gregg has performed at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and has been featured on Broadway Comedy Club Radio.
After enjoying his clean and intelligent comedy, audiences consistently express their joy at being a part of Gregg's life for an evening.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Sony Corporation of America
Gregg A. Walker joined Sony Corporation of America (SCA) in March 2009 as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. Mr. Walker is responsible for helping to formulate and implement Sony’s corporate business strategy, working closely with key executives at Sony group companies worldwide. At SCA, Mr. Walker has helped lead many efforts including the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing; the establishment of 3net, the first 24-hour 3D cable channel through a 3-way joint venture (Sony, Discovery, IMAX); the acquisition of Ericsson’s stake in smartphone manufacturer Sony Ericsson; the acquisition of healthcare products innovators iCyt and Micronics; the execution of multiple intellectual property joint ventures and investments; and the creation of the Times Square electronic billboard joint venture with News Corp.
Mr. Walker has served on the Board of Directors of movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and currently serves on the Board of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a 50/50 joint venture established in 1995 between Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson.
Prior to joining SCA, Mr. Walker was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Viacom, where he helped lead numerous transactions, including BET’s acquisition of BET.com; MTV Networks’ acquisition of Harmonix, the developer of the hit video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band; MTV Networks’ sale of MTV Russia; and MTV Networks’ purchase of MTV Japan.
Before Viacom, Mr. Walker was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division, where he advised media and telecommunications clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financing, and strategic alliances. During his near decade-long Goldman Sachs career, Mr. Walker was involved with the IPO of FairPoint Communications, the purchase of Prodigy by SBC Communications, the sale of Grey Global to WPP, the acquisition of Westinghouse’s power business by Siemens, and the acquisition of Verizon’s Hawaiian telecommunication assets by the Carlyle Group.
Mr. Walker graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in 1994 and received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997.
Today, Mr. Walker is a deacon at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem in New York City and is the Chairman of the Board of the Harlem YMCA. He is also a member of the Board of Friends of Harlem Hospital and Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). He is a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2003-2008), as well as a Foreign Policy Association Fellow.
Sony Corporation of America, based in New York, NY, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its motion picture, television, computer entertainment, music and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment and technology companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $87 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, and it employs 168,200 people worldwide.