Jane M. Girard

  • Chicago IL

A versatile and creative and leader who has significant experience preparing organizations to navigate through and embrace business critical changes. 

Work History

Work History
2014 - Present

Business Relationship Manager - Information Systems (IS)

Kraft Foods Group - Northfield, IL

Manage relationships with key business leaders to drive IS strategy, innovation, and productivity improvements. Established business priorities for IS project work across the Cheese & Dairy($4.1B) and Meal Solutions($2.2B) divisions. Provide program and project management and change management support for IS and business initiatives. Shape business demand to align with business goals and IS strategy. Develop project plans and resource assignments based on current demand of work and the availability of IS resources. Selected Accomplishments:

  • Owned the redesign of Kraft's corporate intranet which surpassed employee engagement target by 25% across 22, 000 employees. Delivered Kraft's first ever internal communication based mobile app.
  • Achieved 4, 000 hours of employee productivity savings across six manufacturing plants by increasing network bandwidth and wireless connection points.
  • Enhanced customer credibility and helped propel top line growth through process simplification. Equipped sales employees to leverage iPads and SharePoint to showcase material during sales discussions rather than paper files.
  • Targeted top line growth by identifying, qualifying and championing usage of digital/mobile technologies and social media tools to increase communication, collaboration, and brand participation in test and learn trials.
  • Simplified communication practices in both divisions by leveraging social collaboration tools and custom web portals.
  • Led teams in creating mobile apps/dashboards and customized team sites that won high praise from employees.
Apr 2010 - Jan 2014

Manager Change & Communications - Information Systems

Kraft Foods Group

Reviewed and prioritized and 2015 IS portfolio projects to maximize business needs and drive ROI Currently working on reducing overall Kraft travel spend by 30% through the use of video conferencing and piloting artificial intelligence capabilities on the Kraft Recipes consumer site. Manager Change & Communications-Information Systems(IS) Established change management practice and processes through standard methodology creation, design of reusable portfolio evaluation tools/templates, streamlining external hiring process, and providing PROSCI certification training to employees advocating the importance of change management for project success. Responsible for change management strategy and implementation for high and medium impact projects and programs. Selected Accomplishments:

  • Led IS cultural revolution by advancing IS employee capabilities and mindset to“ Give the Right Experience All the Time.” Resulting in improved interactions and perception with business employees increasing IS customer satisfaction rating from a 65% to 80%.
  • Accelerated cash flow savings while achieving high employee satisfaction through creation of a repeatable workplace transformation change management strategy. Relocated 2500 employees to a new open workspace environment and directed and trained over 100 volunteers on technologies and compassion to support transitioning colleagues.
  • Realized project ROI targets and successes for over 25 high and medium impact projects by successfully designing and executing change management strategies.(e.g.: Office 365, SharePoint, PrintAnywhere, Help Desk, IE9, Outreach)
  • Achieved no operational disruptions and ensured proper employee readiness during Kraft and Mondelez separation by leading all change management activities for infrastructure system changes. Systems included laptops, phones, network, Outlook, SharePoint, Active Directory, Live Meeting, and Lync, for over 22, 000 employees.
2004 - Apr 2010

Managing Consultant - Business Transformation

The Revere Group - Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois Managing Consultant, Business Transformation Drove change management strategy and implementation for global and national client projects. Developed and managed associate career paths to ensure alignment with practice goals. Contributed to business development by leading sales pursuits, defining strategies, proposals, estimates and internal methodologies. Served as trusted advisor to colleagues and clients.

  • Strengthened internal Business Transformation practice from the least profitable to one of the most profitable by driving change management methodology creation, development of reusable tools/templates, and new-joiner processes. Created reusable standards in which to measure change management effectiveness. Sponsored methodology awareness and consistency across Business Transformation team.
  • Developed highly successful change management strategies needed to ensure employee readiness and acceptance for numerous clients as they began large scale system implementations or upgrades(e.g.: Oracle & PeopleSoft). Identified and assessed necessary change management activities incorporating areas of sponsorship, communications, organization alignment, training, and support practices. Identified issues and risks and provided solutions to mitigate those risks.
  • Managed change management teams in the development and delivery of communications and training deliverables: Coordination of change networks to foster executive sponsorship of change initiatives.
2004 - 2006

Senior Consultant

Business Transformation
Senior Consultant, Provided change management expertise focused on communications, training and organization alignment for various clients.
2002 - 2004

Senior Consultant, Transformation

Chicago, Illinois Senior Consultant, Transformation Management-co-led client's employee transformation to a centralized IT shared service organization. Designed new business processes, executed change management communication and training plans to over 10, 000 employees and executives, and led transition plan migrating eager employees to the new organization.




Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

Specialization: Organizational Behavior



Purdue University


Intranet Design Annual 2016: Year's 10 Best Intranets Competition – Candidate

Kraft Leader as a Teacher - 2014: Awarded to leaders who pay it forward with their time and expertise by participating in the design or facilitation of a development initiative.

Kraft Functional Award -2013: Annual prestigious award recognizing select individuals who continuously exemplify any or all of the Kraft's values, while demonstrating leadership.

Kraft "Values in Action" Award - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014: Outstanding work by an individual that made Kraft's values in action come alive and make a difference in the business or where we work. 

Kraft Managers Award - 2011, 2012, 2013: Superior individual performance and dedication for a sustained period of time, a significant job-related accomplishment or contribution to the business. 

Certifications & Affiliations

2015 - Present

Business Relationship Management Member

2011 - Present

Association of Change Management Professionals Member

2010 - Present

PROSCI Change Management Certification

2004 - Present

Organizational Development Network - Chicago Chapter Member