Curtis Barnett serves as president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. As CEO, Barnett also serves on the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Board of Directors, and serves on the Association's Board of Managers for the Federal Employee Program and as a member of the Health Leadership Advisory Committee. Prior to his election as president and CEO in 2017, Barnett served as senior vice president of Enterprise Internal Operations where he was responsible for all aspects of operations, including claims administration, customer service and customer accounts for Arkansas Blue Cross and its subsidiary and affiliate companies. He began his career at Arkansas Blue Cross in 1993 as a Primary Care Network plan manager and has served in a variety of capacities during his tenure with the company, including manager of Product Development, director of Enterprise Managed Pharmacy Program, and as vice president of Operations for BlueAdvantage Administrators of Arkansas. He served as president and CEO of USAble Corporation from 2008 through 2016. Barnett serves on several industry-related boards of directors, including: Life and Specialty Ventures, LLC, the National Institute of Healthcare Management (NIHCM), the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas and USAble Corporation. Current community involvement includes serving on the boards of directors of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Active Arkansas and as a member of Fifty for the Future. Barnett actively supports several charitable organizations, including the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which named him their Breath of Life honoree in 2015. A native of Sherwood, Arkansas, Barnett received a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management's Advanced Executive Program. He also has earned several professional designations, including the certified employee benefits specialist and the professional in the Academy of Healthcare Management.
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