Ward Klein has multi-decade experience in leading teams to achieve corporate objectives in a global environment. Klein served as Executive Chairman of Edgewell Personal Care Corporation from 2015 to July, 2016. During his tenure, he supported a new executive leadership team during transition into their first year of managing a newly spun-off publicly listed company. Klein served as CEO of Energizer Holdings Inc. from 2005 to 2015. He grew the revenue of this large multi-national consumer products company from $2.8 billion to $4.4 billion through both organic growth and acquisitions. Klein delivered a total shareholder return compound annual growth rate in excess of 11% during his more than ten-year tenure as CEO.
He began his career in 1979 with Ralston Purina Company in brand management. After working in marketing at Ralston Purina until 1986, he transferred to the newly acquired Eveready Battery Company. After introducing the Energizer Bunny advertising campaign in 1989, he assumed various general management roles including Area Chairman of Latin America followed by Area Chairman of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East based out of Hong Kong. Klein became President of the International Division in 2002 and Chief Operating Officer in 2004 before becoming CEO in 2005.
Klein received a Master’s degree in Management in 1979 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. He acquired a BA from St. Olaf College in 1977.