Walter Fowlkes joined 68 Ventures as Chief Financial Officer in January 2020.
He brings over 30 years of experience in diverse, finance leadership roles across a myriad of industries and finance disciplines in both public and privately held companies. A graduate of Georgetown University, Walter began his career in international banking and corporate finance with Bank of America.
Thereafter, his former client, Clariant, a listed, global Swiss Chemical, tapped him to be their Treasurer. At Clariant, in the wake of a historic acquisition, he helped transform the finance operations and optimize the capital structure to support a company that had trebled in size. He later held various senior roles as Assistant Treasurer and Director of Corporate Development for Baker Hughes, a publicly traded, oil field services company. He assisted Baker Hughes in navigating the financial crisis and in assimilating several acquisitions. Most recently, Walter was CFO of Triple-S Steel Holdings, Inc., a family-owned, acquisitive and high-growth, multistate and multinational diversified holding company, whose primary business activities are centered in steel services, steel distribution and real estate investment.
Walter grew up in Mobile, Ala. and graduated from McGill-Toolen High School. Since then, he has lived in numerous foreign countries and various major U.S. cities. He speaks several foreign languages. He is also an Army veteran and served two years in Germany after high school. He currently resides with his wife, Hillary, in Magnolia Springs, where they enjoy life on the Gulf Coast. Their two youngest children attend the University of Alabama.