Chairman of YO! Group,
Chief Executive Officer of Inversion, LLC
John Walden has had a 25-year career leading growth and transformational change for retailers and other consumer businesses in the US and UK. He currently serves as Chairman of YO! Group, a global leader in Asian restaurant and food retail, and Chief Executive Officer of Inversion, LLC, a proprietary strategic consultancy. John recently concluded terms as Chairman of Naked Wine plc and its predecessor Majestic Wine plc., Executive Chairman of Holland & Barrett International Ltd, and member of the advisory board of Holland & Barrett owner LetterOne Retail.
John was Chief Executive Officer of FTD Companies, Inc., a US-based floral retailer, from 2017 to 2018. From 2012 to 2016, John served as chief executive of Argos Ltd. and, from 2014 to 2016, chief executive of its parent company Home Retail Group plc (HRG). While at HRG John led the development of Argos into one of the UK’s leading digital retailers. During 2016, John led the successful sale of Homebase to Wesfarmers, and subsequently the successful sale of Argos and the balance of HRG to J Sainsbury plc.
Prior to Argos, John held various executive leadership roles at Best Buy Company, Inc., including Executive Vice President Customer Business Group, and President Internet Division. He also served in leadership roles at Peapod, Inc., a pioneering online supermarket. Earlier in his career, John held management roles at Ameritech Corporation and Storage Technology Corporation, and practiced law with Sidley Austin LLP. John holds a Masters in Management from Northwestern University, a Juris Doctor from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. He serves on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations.