Anne Sempowski Ward
Anne Sempowski Ward is recognized as a well-rounded, astute and transformational leader
who guides people, brands and organizations through major growth and cultural change. She
has spent half her 25+ year career leading billion-dollar brands and architecting corporate
growth strategies in Fortune 100 corporations. The other half has been focused on building high
growth, entrepreneurial companies.
Anne is an Independent Board Director of Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VNDA), an
innovative, biopharmaceutical company in Washington, DC. She is a member of both the Audit
and Compensation committees. She is also the CEO and on the Board of CURiO, a privately-held
premium bath, body and home fragrance company. In her eight years at CURiO, she has more
than doubled the company’s size through organic growth and a major merger. Prior to CURiO,
Anne spent almost two decades in significant leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, CocaCola, and Johnson Publishing Company.
Anne is both a mechanical engineer and has her MBA from Duke University. She has been
featured in numerous books, magazines, and on television. She is also a passionate mentor and
has a special interest in helping women find successin their careers and life. She currently resides
in Minneapolis with her family.