Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sazerac Company and Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A leader in aligning talent and business objectives to drive operational efficiencies, develop leaders, fuel growth, and increase customer and employee retention
Joe Bongiovi strengthened organizations from within by developing leaders, coaching employees, managing talent, and handling labor relations. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Michael Baker International, a 6,500-person, $1.4 billion global engineering design and infrastructure services business. He led all aspects of human resources management, including talent acquisition, talent development and education, performance management and rewards, employee relations and compliance, benefits, and board interaction.
Joe reorganized the business by integrating nine separate organizations and aligning leadership, resulting in significant savings. Re-energizing the company fueled significant growth, creating more than 2,600 new jobs. He also decreased turnover during his tenure.
He previously worked at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he held a variety of positions, including Teaching and Research Fellow; Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies; PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology. He taught organizations, occupations and work; managed 200+ undergraduate students; conducted research on the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on Precarious Work in Asia: gender and work and the emergence of the private military and security industry; and worked with Capital Associated Industries (CAI).
Joe’s diverse work experience spanned numerous industries across the country. He previously held the positions of Vice President, Global Human Resources for Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Danaher Company; and Managing Director, Human Resources, Marsh Americas, a MMC Company.Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Government and International Relations, Spanish, and Latin American Area Studies from Notre Dame University. He obtained his Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and his Master in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Training and certifications include: an Executive Coaching Certification, Crucial Conversations Train the Trainer, Achieve Global Instructor Certification, Lominger Competencies Certification, and Evaluation Interview Certification.
Professional affiliations include: The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA), the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association; and the Latin American Studies Association.