Rupert Walters Elected Chair of Cancer Support Team

Rupert Walters of Larchmont has been elected Chairman of the board of directors of the Cancer Support Team (CST). He has been with CST for 20+ years, serving as treasurer and board member, having been brought on the board by one of the founders, Gayle Lee, who was seeking a board member with strong business acumen.


Rupert is now a retired leader of several companies. Rupert began his career in Marketing & Sales at J Walter Thompson, General Foods, and Warner Amex Cable Television.


 His first CEO responsibility was for Popsicle, a Division of Sara Lee Corporation. He progressed through other CEO, COO & President roles for Chemical Bank in Residential Mortgages, JWP Environmental Group, Ipsos and The NPD Group.


 Geographically, his responsibilities expanded globally to include North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


In addition to CST, Rupert is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) since the mid-1980s. Also, he has served as a member of the board at the Bonnie Briar Country Club, with a focus on Long Range Planning and Membership.


 He is a 40+ year member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and served many years on the Tennis and House committees.


After growing up in Northwest Florida, Rupert obtained a BA degree in Economics from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, followed by an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Carla Volpe Porter, former Chair, fellow board member and long-time supporter of CST says, “Rupert is a strategic thinker with considerable expertise in top management of for-profit companies. He also has a thorough knowledge of Cancer Support Team and a deep commitment to the organization, having served as a board member and treasurer. The value of his leadership experience to us is inestimable.”


Rupert and his family are personally familiar with how cancer can affect a family, having lost their older son, Adrian, to cancer at age 37. His wife, Jean, also lost her only sibling, a sister, to cancer. Sadly, cancer has been a recurring issue for the Walters, with the passing of dear friends, all of whom succumbed to cancer, like their son, at an early age.


The Cancer Support Team is the only Westchester-based non-profit home care program, licensed by the New York State Department of Health, providing professional nursing education and support, social work counseling, case management and cancer-related services to patients and family members living in southern Westchester. The services are delivered free of charge at any stage of the illness.


The Cancer Support Team is located in Purchase. Call 777-2777 for more information.