Board ProfileHolly 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.
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
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
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