Beth Ward Named Hallmark Senior Vice President - Supply Chain

KANSAS CITY, MO. (April 26, 2016) - Beth Ward, managing director of Hallmark's Asia Pacific procurement organization, has been named senior vice president - supply chain, effective April 1. Ward will replace Pete Burney who retired after 25 years with the company.

In this role, Ward will have responsibility for supply chain planning, manufacturing, logistics, global procurement, product integrity and supply chain technical resources. She also has been named a corporate officer and will report to Hallmark president Dave Hall.

"In her 20 years at Hallmark, Beth has gained extensive experience across a number of supply chain disciplines," says Dave Hall. "Most recently, at our operations in Hong Kong, Beth led efforts to better align our talent and capabilities against our broadened business portfolio. She is a collaborative leader with a proven track record of innovative thinking, strong leadership and delivering business results."

Ward joined Hallmark in 1996 and has served in a number of roles including retail operations vice president for team Walmart, facilitating the creation of Hallmark's new Walmart office in Bentonville, Arkansas. She also served as director - logistics services and general manager of order distribution at Hallmark's Liberty Distribution Center. Prior to joining Hallmark, Ward worked as an industrial engineer for JC Penney.

Ward holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering from Kansas State University and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Kansas. Prior to her role in Hong Kong, Ward was an active community servant in Kansas City on behalf of the United Way and the Central Exchange.

About Hallmark

For more than 100 years, family owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing more than 27,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. Its global Hallmark Greetings business sells greeting cards and gifts in more than 30 languages with distribution in more than 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops. Hallmark Retail operates 2,000 Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries and Hallmark Home & Gifts sells a broad array of home décor and gift product throughout the U.S. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and toys designed to spark children's creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates two cable channels: Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark's headquarters. For more information, visit Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Fun Fact

Eighteen-year-old entrepreneur J.C. Hall founded Hallmark in 1910 with little more than two shoeboxes full of postcards. Read more about J.C. Hall.