With his dual titles, Greg Babe is head of the NAFTA Region for Bayer MaterialScience LLC, making him responsible for the firm's North American activities. Bayer MaterialScience is a member of the Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials company.
Prior to his current position, Babe was president and CEO of Bayer Corporate and Business Services LLC, where he was responsible for providing expertise and support in engineering, information systems, procurement, materials management, human resources, financial, accounting and other business services to Bayer Corp. and its affiliates.
Babe joined Bayer in 1980 in its polyurethanes group and has held several management positions of increasing responsibility, including manager of the Brunsbuettel, Germany, facility; director and general manager of Hennecke Machinery, then a unit of Bayer's Polymers Division in Pennsylvania; vice president of corporate quality; and director of a national program to implement Bayer's enterprise resource planning system. He was named senior VP of information services in 1999, and in 2001, that role was expanded to include the NAFTA region. He was named president and CEO of BCBS in 2003 and he continued his role as chief information officer.
Babe serves on the boards of directors for Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Deerfield Urethane Inc., and Sheffield Plastics. In addition, he is the executive sponsor of the Bayer Diversity Advisory Council. In Pittsburgh, he is a member of the boards of directors for the United Way of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Beginning in January, Babe also assumed the chairmanship of the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division operating committee. A native of West Virginia, he holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.