Focus Search Partners Team

Kelly Ward

Talent Curator

Kelly joined Focus Search Partners in June 2020 as the talent curator for the firm’s Interim Executive Services practice. In her role, she is responsible for cultivating a community of experienced finance executives ready to lead our clients’ pivotal interim leadership or project-based needs.

Prior to joining Focus Search Partners, Kelly worked for Vaco’s advisory and project-based consulting practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, and later Vaco’s Internal Corporate Talent Acquisition function. She began her career with the Audit practice at PwC. In that role, she focused on privately held and private equity-backed clients across multiple industries including healthcare services, manufacturing, life sciences, information technology and services, and consumer products.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and masters of accounting from North Carolina State University; she is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. Kelly grew up in the Tar Heel State and currently resides in Raleigh.

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