Ryan Ward

Ryan Ward

Summary

An accomplished Human Resources Executive recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as the “Mentor of the Year” for training and developing various levels of Associates and Managers for success in their current and future roles.

Regarded by Company Executives, Peers and Community Leaders as an intelligent, tenacious and decisive leader who can deliver results in first time and/or difficult situations.The ability to manage the Human Resources Department as a highly respected and value-added resource.Proven results in building and strengthening both HR and Operational Teams.Consistently recognized for results and promoted to positions of increased responsibility.

Work History

Work History
2003 - Present

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Inc.

Human Resources Director - West Coast 

  • Accountable for all Human Resources functions in the Western United States. The Territory is comprised of 137 Retail Locations, 19,000 Associates, 11 Market Directors, 10 Area HR Managers and Annual Sales of approximately $4.1 Billion.
  • Designed Functional Plans and Business Model Reviews regarding Corporate Change Management initiatives.
  • Utilized the Lominger Model to direct Succession Planning efforts for Directors, Area Managers and Store Management.
  • Designed a Social Media Recruiting Strategy, which was adopted nationwide, to attract and recruit external candidates for Senior Leadership assignments.
  • Developed National Partnerships with Military and Diversity based organizations to include the Department of Veterans Affairs and Mexican American Veterans.

Regional Human Resources Director - Pacific Northwest

  • Oversaw all Human Resources functions throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Territory was comprised of 69 Retail Locations, 9,500 Associates, 5 Area HR Managers and Annual Sales of approximately $1.7 Billion.
  • Created a strong Regional Team culture, improving Employee Engagement scores by 14% from 2007 to 2010 as reported by the Gallup Organization / Employee Opinion Survey.
  • Identified and resolved issues regarding Turnover, which has resulted in a 12.22% reduction from 2008 to 2010.
  • Leveraged a $215 Million Payroll Budget to +5 Basis Points to Budget.
  • Created and Implemented Affirmative Action Plans as required by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Area Human Resources Manager - Southern California

Human Resources Manager - Upland, California

2001 - 2003

Universal Studios Hollywood

Human Resources Generalist

  • HR Business Partner for Executives, Management, Union and Non-Union staff of 1,200 Associates.
2000 - 2001

Artisan Entertainment

Human Resources Representative

  • HR Business Partner to the Motion Picture, Home Video, Marketing, Accounting and Public Relations Departments.
1999 - 2000

Transamerica

Human Resources Representative

  • HR Business Partner to the Transamerica Insurance and Investment Group (TIIG) with approximately 2,000 Associates.

Education

Education

Portfolio

Certifications

Certifications

Interviewing Skills

Rutgers University

Leading People Through Change

Ken Blanchard & Associates

Situational Leadership II

Ken Blanchard & Associates

Advanced Interviewing for Title VII Infractions

Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

Internal Investigations, Interview & Interrogations

Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates