Walden "Wally" O'Dell was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Diebold, a US-based security and financial products company.
He was an active fundraiser for George W. Bush's re-election campaign and wrote in a fund-raising letter dated August 13, 2003, that he was committed "to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President." His involvement with the campaign raised concerns that, as the CEO of the largest manufacturer of electronic voting equipment, he would have been in a position to attempt to manipulate the results of the presidential election of 2004.
O'Dell holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Saint Louis University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University."The Business of Voting". The New York Times. December 18, 2005.</ref>
- Paul R. La Monica (August 30, 2004). "The trouble with e-voting". CNN/Money. Retrieved 2006-10-23. According to BBC News, "In October 2005, a person using a Diebold computer removed paragraphs about Walden O'Dell, chief executive of the company, which revealed that he had been "a top fund-raiser" for George Bush." (on-line text, 15 August 2007)
- "Walden W. O'Dell". The Ohio State University. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
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