Barbara Howes

Barbara Howes has served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Pliant since May 2019. Barbara has over 20 years of experience designing and delivering creative and impactful human resources, leadership development and change management solutions with a focus on optimizing organizational performance in the areas of innovation, collaboration, culture and strategy.

Prior to joining Pliant, Barbara began consulting full-time in October 2014 where she often served as the interim Head of HR for several biotechnology companies. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Barbara led the executive and organization development, career & learning, diversity, and workforce research teams at Genentech. Before joining Genentech, Barbara spent 12 years at The Walt Disney Company. While at Disney she held talent development positions at The Disney Stores, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Corporate, where she was the Vice President of Disney University.

Barbara received her Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Organization Behavior, from California Lutheran University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Brentwood, California.