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Kathy Ward: 1957 – 2017
After a courageous multiyear battle with cancer, Kathy Ward, past President and CEO of Canadian Black Book, passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 60.
The much loved industry icon retired from Canadian Black Book in September 2016. She had been with the company for 36 years, of which the last 10 were as President and CEO.
“Kathy was responsible for delivering Canadian Black Book into the digital age,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. “Kathy, and the Ward family have given so much to the auto industry in Canada. We are going to remember that, build on it and we will miss her dearly,” he adds.
Kathy took over from her father, Bill Ward, founder of CBB, as the business evolved from a publishing house into a provider of data electronically. In 2010, she oversaw the release of CBB’s data to customers by way of CanadianBlackBook.com. In 2015, she negotiated the sale of CBB to Hearst Business Media.
Ward was justly proud of her accomplishment as a female leader of a prosperous automotive company. Her legacy in the industry serves as an example for women in or considering the automotive business that the industry has a lot of room for females to grow and succeed.
Details of Celebration of Kathy’s Life will be announced at a later date.
To read the complete release from CBB, click here.