Anne Ward
CEO & Board Director
CURiO Brands

Global Executive MBA

Class of 2004

Council Affiliation:

Minority Alumni Advisory Board


Consumer Goods




Minneapolis, Minnesota


Anne Sempowski Ward is a business strategy, operations, marketing, and branding executive who has spent nearly two decades in corporate leadership at major companies such as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and Johnson Publishing Company.

Anne has consistently spearheaded strategic innovation and organizational efficiency and is especially adept at developing winning operational models. Her career has been defined by her ability to successfully lead business turnarounds, high-profile acquisitions, classic rebranding efforts, corporate reorganization and restructuring, and multicultural marketing.

A native of Detroit, Anne has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University. She also earned an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

She stays active in the civic and business communities and has been recognized for her business leadership by the YMCA and YWCA. Anne’s achievements have been written about in numerous magazines and The Go-Getter Girl's Guide: Get What You Want in Work and Life, and she has appeared on many esteemed business panels.