Ovell Barbee is vice president, human resources and organizational development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBNSE). Is this role, he is responsible for providing leadership in all human resource areas, including talent acquisition and workforce inclusion, compensation and benefits, HR administration and organizational development.
Barbee has extensive experience and a demonstrated track record in developing and leading HR initiatives at large and diverse companies. He has served in HR leadership roles of two start-up organizations established by Fortune 50 companies: General Motors (OnStar) and Dow Chemical (Dow Kokam).
Before joining BCBSNE, he served as Global HR leader at Dow Kokam, with responsibility in the United States, France and China. Other experience includes roles with Steelcase, Motorola and General Motors.
Barbee was named one of the country’s “Top 50 Executives Under the Age of 50” by the National Black MBA Association.
A Grand Rapids, Mich., native, Barbee received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and he has another Master’s degree from Michigan State University.
He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource by the Society of Human Resource Managers.
Barbee is an avid runner, having successfully completed marathons in 2009 and 2011, and enjoys physical fitness activity and traveling.