Joseph Bongiovi

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sazerac Company and Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillJoseph Bongiovi

A leader in aligning talent and business objectives to drive operational efficiencies, develop leaders, fuel growth, and increase customer and employee retention

Joe Bongiovi is responsible for all aspects of human resources management at Sazerac a highly respected and fast growing global spirits company focused on our clients, colleagues, partners and brands. He brings his successful history of strengthening organizations from within by developing leaders, coaching employees, managing talent, and handling labor relations.

Joe is also a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he develops and lead classes on organizations, occupations and work while completing dissertation focused on how new kinds of organizations emerge and become institutionalized as new industries.

Past experience includes serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Michael Baker International, where Joe reorganized the business by integrating nine separate organizations and aligning leadership, resulting in $22 million in savings. Re-energizing the company fueled significant growth, creating more than 2,600 new jobs. He also decreased turnover during his tenure.

He is no stranger to the University of North Carolina, having held a variety of positions at Chapel Hill, including Teaching and Research Fellow; Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies; PhD Student, 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 received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Government and International Relations, Spanish, and Latin American Area Studies from Notre Dame University. He earned 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: 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.