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Ralph E. Ward

Chesebrough-Pond's

1968 - 1987

Personal Care & Home Products

1960 b. 1921
male
Personal
Born-Died1921
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
RaceWhite
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1960

Ward was instrumental in transforming Chesebrough-Pond’s from a small cosmetics company into a major consumer products conglomerate. A formidable risk-taker, Ward was a master of acquiring mature, stagnant companies and putting them on an accelerated growth path. His acquisitions of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Bass Shoes, and Health-tex Children’s Clothing are textbook examples of successful mergers. He used Chesebrough’s marketing clout and presence to achieve stellar financial performance for over a decade.