Chairman and CEO, DaVita
Kent J. Thiry Chairman and CEO, DaVita ©; Kent J. Thiry

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Kent J. Thiry

Chairman and CEO, DaVita

Denver, Colorado

  • Areas of Expertise

    leadership and culture, healthcare, political science

Biography

Kent Thiry is chairman and CEO of DaVita, a FORTUNE 200 company with 75,000 teammates and approximately $14 billion in revenues. The company operates in 11 countries globally, delivering clinically differentiated health care to nearly 2 million patients.

DaVita has been the subject of leadership and culture case studies written by both Harvard and Stanford, and taught in many other schools and programs. Kent sits on the Harvard Business School’s advisory board and is regularly invited to speak on leadership and culture at top business schools, companies and not-for-profit leadership groups.

In 2016 he founded Let Colorado Vote, a group that has passed four ballot initiatives in the last three years. One re-established the presidential primary in Colorado, a second that opened its primaries to independent voters and the most recent two reformed redistricting practices in the State. In 2018, Kent also founded a Statewide CEO Group, called Colorado Thrives, focused on advancing the quality of life for all Coloradans. He also co-founded both The Aspen Group with Senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschle, and COIN (The Colorado Innovation Network) with Governor Hickenlooper and several others.  Kent also is on the Advisory Board of NatureVest, a unit of The Nature Conservancy.

Prior to joining DaVita, Kent served in several roles, including chairman and CEO of Vivra Specialty Partners, a specialty health care company; CEO of Vivra, a NYSE health care service company; and partner at Bain & Company.  Prior board seats include the Chairman of Oxford Health Plans as well as the Trust for Public Land.

Kent earned his B.A. in political science, with distinction, from Stanford University, where he also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978. He earned his M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School in 1983, where he was also elected to the Century Club.

In 2013, Kent received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and in 2016 he received the International Bridge Builders Award from the University of Denver.

Kent is also an enthusiastic, but only modestly talented, mountain biker!

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