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, privately-held Hallmark has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally-connected world. In the U.S., products offered by Hallmark Greetings, Hallmark Retail and Hallmark Home & Gifts can be found in more than 40,000 retail accounts including mass retailers, Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online. Hallmark's family of companies also includes Crayola®, maker of creative art tools and toys, Crown Center, a mixed-use entertainment, office and residential district in Kansas City, Hallmark International which offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries and Crown Media Holdings, Inc., which owns and operates cable television's Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Hallmark employs more than 27,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit Hallmark.com. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Fun Fact

Keepsake Ornaments debuted in 1973. Since then, Hallmark has introduced more than 8,000 Keepsake Ornaments to adorn Christmas trees and delight fans.