Bernie Knobbe is currently Sr. Director, Global Benefits with Yahoo!, a global leader in digital media and internet technology and communications, in Sunnyvale, CA. He is responsible for corporate benefits including all health care, retirement, lifestyle and wellness benefit plans, and benefits communications.
Previously, he was Vice President, Strategic Benefits with ACS, A Xerox Company, in Dallas, TX. He was also Senior Director, Global Benefits with Hilton Hotels and Senior Vice President, Benefits with Countrywide Financial, both headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Bernie was also Senior Director, Global Benefits/Total Rewards with Gap Inc. headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Previously, he was Senior Manager, Global Benefits with Accenture, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Previous to that, held Benefits Leadership positions with Morton International, CT&T, Continental Bank and AM International all located in Chicago, IL.
He is the Chair on The Corporate Board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and has attained his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. He is on the Council on Employee Benefits (CEB) Annual Conference Planning Committee. He was a faculty member for World at Work and has attained his Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation. He was elected to both the Council on International Compensation and Benefits and the Council on Employee Benefits of The Conference Board and has been a Speaker at their sponsored Conferences. He has been a judge for both the Pensions & Investments Eddy Awards and the Business Insurance EBC Awards and has been a Speaker and Moderator at their sponsored Conferences. He has served on Employer Councils for the NCQA and the HR Policy Association and on Advisory Councils for United Healthcare, Aetna and American Express. He has acted as a Moderator, Speaker and Panelist at sponsored Conferences managed by Euromoney/Institutional Investors, both in the U.S. and Europe (UK, Spain and Italy).
He holds a BS in Accounting from Truman State College and served an internship with the US Department of the Treasury, IRS.