Johnnie Walker is Founder and CEO of NABFEME, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. She is the brainchild behind Women Who Jam, a national all-female themed radio show and live music showcase series. Walker has served as Executive Director of the Memphis Music Commission, Head of Black Music for DreamWorks Records and holds the distinction of being named the first female Sr. Vice President of Promotion for Def Jam Recordings and the only female to ever hold that position with the company. The recipient of countless awards, in 2005 Walker was honored with the "Woman of Conscience Award" by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH, in 2006 she received Delta Sigma Theta’s "Osceola Award," the highest honor given to professionals in the arts; in 2009 Women’s eNews named Walker as one of New York's "21 Leaders for the 21st Century," and in 2010 Memphis newspaper, the Tri-State Defender named Walker a “Woman of Excellence.”
Known affectionately as "J-Dub," Walker began her career as a Country music radio personality. She later segued to Black Radio as an announcer and Program Director. In 1989 Walker joined Def Jam Recordings as a regional marketing rep and within one year was promoted to National Director of Promotion. The Sr. National Director position soon followed and positioned Walker to be instrumental in launching the careers of Redman, Method Man, Onyx, Montell Jordan, Ashanti, Sisqo, Case and Foxy Brown!
Making the move to New York City in 1997, Walker was named Vice President of Promotion at Def Jam. A year later, after restructuring the company’s promotions department and its field staff, Walker was named Sr. Vice President. During her tenure, her team successfully marketed Def Comedy Jam, Phat Farm clothing, Russell Simmons' co-produced movies, "The Nutty Professor,” Jackie Chan’s “Rush Hour 1 and 2,” plus several #1 Gold and Platinum albums from Jay-Z, Sisqo, Kelly Price, Ashanti, Ja Rule, DMX, LL Cool J, Musiq, Dru Hill and others.
After 15 years of tenure at Def Jam, Walker resigned, moved to Los Angeles and assumed the position of Head of Black Music at DreamWorks Records. Following a subsequent sale of the label, Walker headed South to Memphis, where today she consults entertainment and music related businesses and projects.