Michelle Kumbier
Senior Vice President, Motorcycle Operations
Harley-Davidson Motor Company 

Milwaukee, WI

“I am proud of rising in the ranks in an industry that is traditionally male. I have learned that leadership growth happens when you push your boundaries, that most things worthwhile are never easy, and that there is no substitute for hard work. I love helping others on their journey.” 

Michelle has been instrumental in leading the transformation of Harley-Davidson’s Product Development process through her role as Senior Vice President, Motorcycle Operations.   Michelle has led a team to fundamentally transform the company’s entire approach to product development in an effort to be world class in bringing new products to market - focusing on being customer-led, faster to market, more efficient, with greater levels of innovation.   As a result, Harley-Davidson has further asserted its leadership as a global force in the motorcycle category.  Michelle truly enjoys developing leaders to be great and invests a large portion of her time building high performing, aligned leadership teams.   She understands not only the importance of best-in-class talent, processes and standards but in creating a culture that is accountable, inspiring and one that celebrates success. 

Michelle is also dedicated to activities outside of work, including leadership  for Harley-Davidson’s United Way activities and their Women’s Business Resources Employee Group, acting as a leader and mentor to women throughout the organization.  She is also devoted to her family, especially her two children, and enthusiastically supports their many their activities.  Michelle is a true leader in science, technology, engineering and production in the manufacturing.

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