The board of directors of Eli Lilly and Co. has elected Karen Walker as a new member, effective December 1, 2018. As a member of Lilly's board, she will serve on both the audit committee and the public policy and compliance committee. Walker is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Cisco, where she has worked since 2009. She previously served as vice president of strategy and marketing for both the consumer digital entertainment and personal systems groups at Hewlett-Packard. Her 20-plus years in the IT industry have included senior field and marketing leadership roles in Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree with joint honors in chemistry and business studies from Loughborough University in England. She is a board member of the I.T. Services Marketing Association and a member of the CMO Council North America Advisory Board, the Marketers That Matter Council, Advancing Executive Women in Silicon Valley, and CRN's 2013 Women of the Channel.