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John Ward, MS

Senior Lecturer, International Business

Office Location: ROS-A174

Office Phone: 585-475-6512


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International Business
Program Info. | Faculty List

Meet John

John Ward has been a marketing and international business lecturer at the E. Phillip Saunders College of Business since 2005. Ward graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 1984. After serving as a cooperative education student with Eastman Kodak he joined the full time staff and remained for 20 years in a variety of engineering, sales, marketing and general management positions.

After completing the Executive Masters in Management program at Purdue, Ward became the Chief Marketing officer for a Hewlett Packard and Eastman Kodak joint venture, Phogenix Imaging in 2001. Kodak gave Ward an Expat opportunity in Geneva Switzerland as a lead manager in the European, African and Middle Eastern regions. His time abroad fueled an interest in global business and would later prove to be a valuable asset for the RIT community.

With his Expat ending in 2005, Ward, looking for a new challenge, decided to bring his experience and interest in international business and marketing to the SCB. He co-developed a major part of every Saunders student's experience, the Biz 1-2-3 First Year innovation sequence for which he was published in BizEd. Since 2010 Ward has conducted four international trips to China and the Czech Republic for the Executive MBA Program. He finds traveling with students, on all levels to foreign businesses and government offices a rewarding experience. Ward has recently been cited for his views on Eastman Kodak and the imaging market in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN International to name a few.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042
  • M.S. in Management from Purdue, 1992
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Lecturer | Saunders College of Business- Rochester Insti | 2005-Present
  • Director New Product Development | Consumer Imaging Output Solutions | 2004-2005
  • Director- Output Products Europe,Africa, Mide | Eastman Kodak Company | 2002-2004
  • Director of Dealer Sales-USA | Eastman Kodak Company (professional division) | 1991-2004
  • Chief Marketing Officer | Phogenix Imaging | 2000-2002
  • Marketing Manager | Eastman Kodak Company | 1994-2000
  • Product Manager | Eastman Kodak Company | 1988-1991
  • Technical Sales | Eastman Kodak Company | 1986-1988
Expertise [expertise maps]
  • Business-to-business marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Marketing management: development of strategy implementations
  • Marketing strategy
  • Strategic planning
  • Nomination for Outstanding Teachers Award 2012-2013 - - 2013

Magazine Articles

  • O'Neil, B., Perotti, V., Tu, Q., & Ward, J. (2012). Expanding on Innovation. BizEd Magazine, 48-50.


  • 2012: Newspaper Articles or Columns. "Addressing the Myths the Hover Around the International Business Degree"