Lloyd D. Ward
Ward Holdings International, LLC
Lloyd D. Ward is Founder & CEO of Ward Holdings International, LLC (WHI). Ward founded the company to build bridges among entrepreneurs worldwide, providing access to capital and fueling great business ideas.
Legacy Acquisition Corp: A $300 million SPAC
Previously, Ward pursued capital markets and merger and acquisition activity, including as a founding member of Legacy Acquisition Corp (Legacy). Legacy is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) and is listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol LGC. Ward played a leadership role in raising $300 million held in trust by a special purpose acquisition company.
Over the past five years, Ward has raised billions of dollars from Private Equity Firms, Family Offices, and Foundations for specific transactions. In addition, Ward has identified and consulted with many companies seeking to raise private capital or to become a publicly traded company on the NYSE and/or NASDAQ. Ward is an expert in taking private companies public.
Business Executive, Resident, Cultural Student of China
Ward’s first Chinese business venture was in 1997 as President of Maytag Appliance when he led the formation of a Sino-American Joint Venture with the then-leading washing machine company in China.
Ward lived in Beijing for nearly two years between 2006 and 2008. He became a specialist in Sino-American joint ventures, organizing and operating several highly successful businesses. His business relationships morphed into close personal life-long friendships.
Ward regularly is invited to speak at university events and business conferences in Beijing.
He studied Tai Chi under a Master and remains an avid practitioner today.
Ward serves on the Beijing Economic Development Council and is an International Consultant to ZANBO Intellectual Capital Eco-system, a business network of Chinese entrepreneurs organized by Changyuan Lu, a prominent business leader in Beijing.
Fortune 500 Executive of Consumer Products
Additionally, Ward has more than 30 years of consumer-focused corporate experience including Chairman and CEO of Maytag Corporation; Division President of Frito Lay; Vice President Pepsi Cola, and, Vice President and General Manager of Procter & Gamble.
In 2001, Ward was named CEO of the United States Olympic Committee one month after 9/11 to prepare for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Ward, a strong community-service advocate, served on many non-profit and corporate boards throughout his career. They include Board of Directors of General Motors Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Co., Belo Corporation and Central and Southwest Utilities Corporation. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations including the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George W. Bush, Paul Quinn College and Inroads of Southwest.
Mr. Ward was featured on the cover of Business Week Magazine as well story included in the Good Morning America Millennium “Y2K” Time Capsule.
Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.