Kent Thiry
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Kent Thiry

TNC Global Board Member and Executive Chairman, Davita

Denver, CO

  • Areas of Expertise

    Global health, Workplace culture

  • Board Term

    June 2019 - October 2028

Biography

Kent Thiry is Executive Chairman of DaVita, a FORTUNE 200 company with 70,000 teammates and approximately $14 billion in revenues. The company operates in 12 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 led Let Colorado Vote, a group that passed two ballot initiatives, one that re-established the presidential primary in Colorado and a second that opens Colorado’s primaries to unaffiliated voters. In 2018, Kent chaired the successful Fair Maps Colorado campaign, reforming the way congressional and legislative maps are drawn and banning partisan gerrymandering. Kent currently chairs Colorado Thrives, a group consisting primarily of large Colorado company CEOs, which is focused on advancing Colorado as an inclusive and innovative community.  He also co-founded The Aspen Group with Senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschle. Kent sits on the advisory board of NatureVest, the impact investing unit of The Nature Conservancy.

Prior to joining DaVita, Kent served in several senior executive roles, including chairman and CEO of Vivra Specialty Partners, a specialty health care company; president and then CEO of Vivra, a NYSE health care service company; and partner at Bain & Company. Prior board seats include the non-executive Chairmanship of Oxford Health Plans.

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.

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

Under Kent’s leadership DaVita has received recognition for being a leading clinical care provider, fostering a differentiated workplace for its teammates, including veterans, and for being responsible, caring corporate citizens.

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