Steve Ward joined the Board in June 2021. Mr. Ward is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Lenovo Corporation, the international computer company formed by the acquisition of IBM’s PC business by Lenovo. Mr. Ward is a member of the founding team of C3.ai, the leading developer of Artificial Intelligence enterprise platforms and serves as a board member and Compensation Committee Chairperson at C3.ai. Mr. Ward is co-founder of E2open, a leading provider of supply chain software applications. Mr. Ward also serves on the Board of KLX Energy Services Holdings, Inc. where he is Chair of the Governance Committee.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Mr. Ward was senior vice president and general manager of IBM’s Personal Systems Group, responsible for the Personal Computing Division, the Retail Store Solutions Division, and the Printing Systems Division. In his 26-year career with IBM, he also served as IBM’s Chief Information Officer, and IBM Vice President of Business Transformation, directing business process and information technology investments. Mr. Ward was also general manager of IBM’s Global Industrial Sector, responsible for the marketing, sales, and service of IBM products and services to all manufacturing and industrial companies worldwide and General Manager of the IBM ThinkPad product lines. Mr. Ward began his career at IBM as an engineer in the Storage Products Division. He held various management positions in manufacturing, production control, and project development for disk drive, tape, and optical storage projects and software development, and was also an assistant to the IBM chairman.
Previously, he held positions on the boards of Lenovo, E-Ink, E2open, ODVision, and KLX Aerospace. Mr. Ward earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.