Changes at the Top for DaVita

Kent Thiry has announced his plans to step down as chief executive officer of Denver-based DaVita Inc.  He will retain his position of executive chairman of the company following his June 1 departure.  Thiry has headed the company since 1999 and was instrumental in relocating the corporation’s headquarters to Denver from El Segundo, Calif.  in 2009.  At that time, it stepped in as the ninth largest publicly-traded company in Colorado.

Under Thiry’s tenure, DaVita has grown from 450 dialysis centers to close to 3,000 and market value has risen from $150 million to $9.2 billion.  Politically active Thiry will spearhead the initiative to raise taxes on tobacco and vaping scheduled for the November ballot.

The Board of Directors at DaVita Inc. has  announced that Javier Rodriguez, president of DaVita Kidney Care, will take over as CEO of DaVita Inc. effective June 1.  Rodriguez has served as DaVita Kidney Care CEO since 2014, and has held a variety of positions since joining the company in 1998.  One of the top items on his “to do” list will be finalizing the sale of DaVita Medical Group to UnitedHealth Group’s Optum.  The acquisition has been in the works since late 2017.




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