Walt Young

Walt Young

Semi-Finalist Judge

walter-youngWalt Young has more than 48 years experience in leading organizations. For the first 36 years, he held senior positions at four public companies: BF Goodrich, The Budd Company, The Henley Group and Champion Enterprises. As Chair and CEO of Champion (Fortune 500) Walt was recognized by Fortune as a “ Superstar” and by the Harvard Business School as one of the 19 top business leaders of the 1990s. While at these four companies he completed 23 different turnarounds and over 75 mergers and acquisitions.

Since 2003 Walt has focused on entrepreneurial start-ups, including as a lead investor and Director for Accuri Cytometers(acquired by Becton, Dickinson for $205 million in 2011). He has led and assisted over 75 entities to raise more than $90M in capital.

Walt is currently on the board of seven early stage companies: Swift BioSciences, Inc., CelSee Diagnostics, Inc., Eagle River Homes, GuidePoint Systems, Weathershield, Nanocerox, and Solulink, Inc. Since 2003, he has been a director at NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG, Fortune 200). Walt is an Advisor for the Michigan Accelerator Fund, focused on life science startups in Michigan. Further, his non-profit boards have included Muskingum University, Oakland University and Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan.
Walt received a BA in History and Economics from Muskingum University, his MBA in Marketing and Management from Penn State University and an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Muskingum University.