MBA Alumni Highlight: Judy Sweger

Judy Sweger ‘08 is the Director – Compensation & Benefits at Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.  In this role, she is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the Company’s benefits programs including:

  •         Health and welfare benefit plans with an annual spend of over $60 million
  •         Retirement plan with over $1 billion in assets
  •         Wellness programs, including Company-wide weight loss challenges (11,000 lbs lost) and two on-site clinics for employees

She also oversees the compensation programs including base pay structure and evaluation and incentive pay plan design to maintain a competitive position in the market to attract and retain the best employees.  Additionally, Judy is responsible for the Leave of Absence department that manages all employee leave requests in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Judy works closely with senior management to ensure that the compensation and benefits programs support the organization's business objectives both in terms of cost management and value to employees and their families.  Championing “Service 2.OD” with her employees, Judy leads a team of professional and support staff by modeling a commitment to quality, responsiveness and innovation.

Judy completed her MBA at Appalachian State University in 2008 and her BS in Business Administration from Elon University in 1996.

Judy lives in High Point, North Carolina, with her son, David, who she adopted in April 2019.  She is active in the Junior League of High Point and volunteers with the North Carolina Baptists on Mission doing disaster relief and recovery after hurricanes and other natural disasters. 


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Published: Sep 6, 2019 10:55am