Kent Thiry (KT) is Executive Chairman of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 300 Company with 65,000 teammates. Prior to taking this position, Kent was CEO of DaVita from 1999 to June of 2019. The company operates in 12 countries globally.
During this time DaVita grew revenues from approximately $1 billion to $11 billion. DaVita also became known for a distinctively engaged culture and for developing well-rounded general managers and leaders.
DaVita has been the subject of leadership and culture case studies written by both Harvard and Stanford, and in many other schools and programs. Kent is regularly invited to speak on these subjects at top business schools, companies and not-for-profit leadership groups.
In 2016, he led Let Colorado Vote, a group that passed two statewide ballot initiatives, one that re-established the presidential primary and a second that opens Colorado’s primaries to unaffiliated voters. In 2018, Kent co-chaired the campaigns of two more successful statewide initiatives, in this case reforming the congressional and state redistricting process.
Kent serves on the global board of The Nature Conservancy. He also founded and chairs Colorado Thrives, a group consisting primarily of large Colorado Company CEOs, which is focused on advancing the general well-being of Colorado and all its citizens.
KT co-founded The Aspen Group with Senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschle, a group dedicated to non-partisan healthcare reform. He is also a founding board member of Colorado Endeavor, an international entrepreneurial network.
Prior to joining DaVita, Kent served as chairman and CEO of Vivra, a NYSE health care service company; and partner at Bain & Company. Prior board seats include the Harvard Business School Advisory Board.
Kent earned his B.A. in political science from Stanford University in 1978, with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School in 1983.
Kent received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Denver Corporate Citizenship in 2013. In 2016 he received the International Bridge Builders Award from the University of Denver.