Ms. Ward currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chair at CURiO Brands, a consumer goods company that manufactures and sells personal care and home fragrance products. Prior to CURiO Brands, Ms. Ward served as CEO of The Thymes, LLC from 2012 to 2016 when it merged with DPM Fragrance to become CURiO Brands. In July 2008, Ms. Ward co-founded The FORWARD Group, a consulting firm focused on growth strategies for mid-sized companies and key executives, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until April 2012. Previously, from October 2007 until July 2010, Ms. Ward was with Johnson Publishing Company, serving as the President and Chief Operating Officer of its Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair Cosmetics business units. Prior to that, Ms. Ward served as an Assistant Vice President for The Coca-Cola Company from September 2006 until September 2007 and held various positions with Procter & Gamble between May 1994and August 2006, most recently as Associate Marketing Director, Beauty. Ms. Ward currently also serves on the board of directors of SPS Commerce Inc. Ms. Ward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.