Jim Ward is currently President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony and is also a venture partner in the venture capital firm, Alsop Louie Partners, focused on early stage evernet/cloud computing start-ups.
Prior to joining Alsop Louie, Ward was President of LucasArts and Sr. Vice President of Lucasfilm, Ltd. where he led the business growth of the video game company and oversaw the planning, development and execution of global marketing and distribution programs for all of Lucasfilm’s theatrical, home video and television intellectual properties including “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones”.
Ward’s over twenty-five year business career began in advertising with Doyle Dane Bernbach in New York, then as Senior Vice President and General Manager of BBDO/Los Angeles and onto Worldwide Account Director for Wieden and Kennedy in Portland, Oregon. As an advertising executive, Ward has been involved in many major global product introductions including Apple Computer’s original PowerBook, Microsoft’s Windows ’95 with the Rolling Stones and Nike’s introduction of Tiger Woods.
He has served as Chairman of the Entertainment Software Association and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 as Executive Producer for a Prime Time Non-Fiction Special. In addition he has been recognized as one of Advertising Age’s Top 100 Marketers, was EPM’s Entertainment Marketer of the Year in 1999, and has received Thunderbird’s Alumnus of the Year award. He is currently a member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce serving on the Public Policy and Economic Development advisory committees, a member of the Tempe, Chandler and Arizona Chambers of Commerce and has served as an advisor to Arizona State University’s SkySong Innovation Center.
Jim Ward was also an Arizona Congressional candidate in the recent 2010 election cycle and is a classically trained musician.
A native of Rockford, Illinois, Ward received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management where he met his wife Dawne. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline and reside in Scottsdale