Wally Graham


Wally Graham
Executive Coach
American Express Leadership Academy

Wally Graham is a recognized leader in organization development with over 30 years’ experience as an operations manager and organization design consultant. His practical, hands-on experience with organization change in existing operations and start-ups was developed during his years in management at Fortune 500 companies including McCormick & Company, Miller Brewing Company and Frito-Lay, Inc. His most recent corporate position was Director of Talent Development with DMB Associates Inc., a billion dollar Scottsdale land development company.

Wally’s portfolio of experiences includes significant achievements. His innovative work as plant manager of the Frito-Lay Casa Grande, AZ startup facility resulted in that facility that was named “US Food Plant of the Year” 1985 by Food Engineering Magazine. Wally’s consulting practice has involved building high performance teams, organization change, strategic planning, operational assessment, leadership coaching, management workshops, and facilitating client meetings. Wally led significant consulting projects for organizations such as Compaq Computer’s Worldwide Data Management Group; a re-design team at Freeport McMoRan’s Morenci Copper Mine; and trained an internal Organization Development team at Los Alamos National Labs. He also developed a strategic planning process for a large Nigerian electric construction company; coached senior managers at Del Webb Corporation; and worked with many other projects that have led to bottom line contributions for his clients.

The following are some of his specialties:

Organizational strategy

  • Facilitating and teaching client’s use of strategic tools, processes, and skills
  • Development of strategic plans and goals that make a transformational difference
  • Leadership Development
  • How to effectively lead diverse organizations
  • Managing and leading change- workshops and seminars
  • Leadership theory and practical skills


  • Styles assessments – used to assist clients to develop their goals and the coaching plan
  • Follow-up with clients to reinforce, and coach changes they want to make
  • On-site observation and real time coaching at the client’s site
  • Providing feedback, and collecting feedback through 360 assessments

He has worked with such diverse organizations as ALCOA, Nestle Food Company, Camelot Homes, Motorola, DMB Associates Inc., Quaker Oats Company, McDonald's Corporation, Honeywell, Freeport McMoRan, Pulte Homes, Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix Union High School District, Scottsdale Unified School District, Sun Microsystems, Husky Oil Canada, Warner Lambert Inc., Native American Connections, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., Gilbane, Kitchell, Arizona Education Association, Quiksilver, The City of Scottsdale Facilities Management, and many others.

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