Ward Woods is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Mr. Woods is former President and Chief Executive Officer of Bessemer Securities Corporation and Founding Partner of Bessemer Holdings, L.P. (1989-2000).
From 1978-1989 Mr. Woods was a senior partner and member of the Management Committee of Lazard Freres & Company. Prior to joining Lazard Mr. Woods was a Managing Director and a Partner of Lehman Brothers and was co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. He joined Lehman Brothers in 1967 and was elected partner in 1973. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1964, Mr. Woods joined the Fay Improvement Company, an engineering construction and real estate firm in San Francisco and in 1966 became its general manager, acting in that capacity until the company was sold in 1967.
He is a director of Bessemer Securities Corporation and Bessemer Trust Company and a number of private companies. Mr. Woods is a former Trustee of Stanford University; former Chairman of Stanford Management Company; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University; and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.