As president of The UPS Foundation, Ken Sternad was responsible for its global philanthropic initiatives, which totaled more than $100 million in 2008. Before his retirement in 2012, he managed volunteer programs, grants, education initiatives, relationships with diversity partners,and disaster response activities. He also focused on leveraging UPS' financial, intellectual and physical assets to support organizations and programs that address community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity.
A native of Norwalk, Conn., Sternad received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ohio Wesleyan University and did graduate work in corporate and political communications at Fairfield University.
He previously served as Vice President of Public Relations for UPS, directing all media relations, reputation management, executive communications, financial communications, and marketing public relations activities for the company worldwide.
After working as a daily newspaper reporter, Sternad began his UPS career in 1977 as a Communications Supervisor. He was promoted to Public Relations Manager in 1982, and to director of Media Relations in 1985. After managing UPS package delivery operations in Baltimore for two years, Sternad was named to head the Public Relations department in 1990.
Sternad serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for American Communications and as an alumni representative and chairman of the class Annual Fund for Ohio Wesleyan University. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Page Society and as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.
Sternad resides with his wife, Judy, in Norcross, Ga. They have three children.