Chairman, Let Colorado Vote
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 12 countries globally, delivering clinically differentiated health care to nearly two million Patients.
DaVita has been the subject of case studies written by both Harvard and Stanford, and taught in many other schools and programs. Kent is regularly invited to speak on leadership and culture at top schools and companies.
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.
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 is a passionate supporter of nonpartisan electoral reform. He serves as chair of Let Colorado Vote, the proponent of the successful ballot initiatives which reinstated the presidential primary and opened all primaries to unaffiliated voters in Colorado.
Previously in California, Kent supported a redistricting initiative that succeeded in taking politicians out of the process of drawing new legislative boundaries and handed it over to a citizen commission.
Katherine M. Gehl, a business leader and former CEO with experience in government, began, in the last decade, to participate actively in politics—first in traditional partisan politics.
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