Holly Baumgart
Vice President, Strategy, Sargento Foods
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
email Holly.Baumgart@sargento.com
phone 9202268869
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Holly Baumgart is an energetic and passionate business leader demonstrating a unique blend of cross-functional business expertise. Here experience being a CIO and leading Cybersecurity strategies coupled by being a CPA and strategist make her a valued asset to the Boards she serves. Holly has recently obtained a degree in Sustainability and has experience leading CSR and Sustainability strategies.

Board Profile

Holly Baumgart is Vice President of Strategy at Sargento Foods Inc. In this position, Holly is responsible for strategic planning, providing strategic direction to all business units and mergers & acquisitions . Previously, Holly served as the Vice President of Information Technology and led all aspects of technology, including digital transformation, information security and business intelligence. Before joining the Sargento Family in 2016, Holly worked at the Harley Davidson Motor Company as Director of IT Strategy. Previously, she also served as Senior Manager in Technology and Security Risk Services at Ernst & Young. Holly received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Holly is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainability at Harvard Extension School. She’s a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Holly enjoys being involved in her community an serves as board member for Chicago Commons, Feeding Mouths Filling Minds, and United Way. Holly currently lives in Milwaukee, WI and enjoys traveling, motorcycling and spending time with her daughters.

Board Experience

Governing Board Member – Chicago Commons – 15 Years

Board Member – Feeding Mouths Filling Minds – 12 Years

Board Member – United Way of Sheboygan County – 1 Year

Board Member – i.c. Stars Milwaukee – 3 Years

Advisory Board – UWEBC – 2 Years

Professional Summary

Sargento Foods Inc, Plymouth, WI
Vice President of Strategy February 2021 to Present
 Leads the corporate strategic planning process annually which produces the company-wide strategic agenda.
 Responsible for strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions which align to company strategies and growth initiatives.
 Evolves the corporate strategy for business intelligence and analytics to achieve business outcomes.
Vice President of Information Technology October 2016 to February 2021
 Responsible for information technology at all offices and production facilities of this renown $1.5B brand.
 Implements new technology, including SAP S/4 Hana, on time and under budget. Manages $50M project spend annually.
 Builds IT strategy in alignment with over 30 business executives and has improved IT approval rating by over 100%.
 Leads a team of over 60 employees and contractors responsible for IT, information security, data governance and BI.
Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee, WI
Director, IT Strategy and Global Operations February 2014 to October 2016
 Directed IT at all of H-D’s global facilities, including 19 offices, 3 regional HQ’s and 4 manufacturing plants.
 Co-developed IT strategies with H-D’s executive leadership teams, presents and executes strategies across the globe.
 Oversaw relationships with over 30 executives and has improved IT approval rating by over 50%.
 Led a team of over 50 employees and contractors responsible for IT in 20 countries; managing the $23M budget.
Senior Manager, Business Development September 2011 to February 2014
 Directed the global, cross-functional initiative to design and implement 400 dealership processes via Cloud technologies.
 Led the development of the end-to-end strategy and process for channel growth whereby opening in 20+ new countries.
 Designed statistical models to successfully predict sales volumes in over 100 countries allowing for strategic positioning.
Ernst & Young LLP, Chicago, Illinois
Associate – Senior Manager, Technology and Security Advisory Services October 2000 to August 2009
 Align business objectives to IT strategies resulting in increased effectiveness and cost efficiencies at over 65 companies.
 Achieved business development objectives of over $3M in annual revenue thereby adding valuable top line growth.
 Led process design work during SAP implementations which resulted in improved IT security at over 10 companies.
 Provided guidance as the leader of 11 large international projects simultaneously and oversaw a team of 40 members.
 Received six promotions in nine years, including two early promotions, consistently achieved top performance ratings.
 Nominated to tenure at the Ernst & Young Global Research Center whereby co-authoring their book on IT controls.
Ernst & Young Corporate Responsibility Fellow, Montevideo, Uruguay January 2007 to December 2007
 Designated the Ernst & Young Fellow after a rigorous, nationwide application process, less than 1% acceptance rate.
 Consulted with five entrepreneurs in underserved communities in South America to create sustainable economic value.
 Increased the effectiveness of entrepreneurs’ key processes by designing strategic recommendations for improvement.
 Featured on front page of the Chicago Tribune discussing the theory and impact of Corporate Responsibility.

Recognition & Awards

 Harvard University, Graduated with Highest Honors

 Certified Public Accountant (CPA), appointed and licensed in 2002
 Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), appointed and licensed in 2002
 ITIL Foundations
 Six Sigma Yellow Belt
 The Harley-Davidson Black Award for Continuous Improvement, five consecutive years
 Featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune discussing Corporate Social Responsibility
 Ernst & Young Corporate Responsibility Fellow
 Ernst & Young Future Executives Program
 University of Notre Dame Commencement Speaker
 University of Illinois James Scholar


Adventure Travel explorer Motorcycle rider Food and Wine lover Servant leader Mentorship guider Holly is the parent to two daughters - Londyn and Sienna


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