Kaiser Permanente International (KP International) is a not-for-profit, self-supporting educational subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente, recognized as one of the leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans in the United States. KP International offers a forum for sharing Kaiser Permanente’s knowledge and experience with governments, health plans, health care providers, and other organizations throughout the world that are striving to improve their health care systems.
An extensive network of health care professionals serve as speakers for KP International’s educational programs. These individuals represent a full range of expertise from health care delivery to information technology and innovation. The core team members of Kaiser Permanente International are shown below.
As director of Kaiser Permanente International, Karin Cooke designs educational programs and presentations for international health care leaders to share Kaiser Permanente’s leading practices and success with our integrated health care model. Prior to joining KP International, Karin was a director with KP’s Technology Innovation, a group that identifies emerging technologies that are relevant for Kaiser Permanente and partners with KP leaders and frontline innovators to test solutions that can transform how we deliver care.
Karin led a cross-functional team that fostered innovation projects from across the organization through funding, design coaching, pilot design, navigation of legal and intellectual property issues and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, Karin worked in venture philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, health care and education with a focus on capacity building and leveraging technology to support the different communities being served.
Karin has a bachelor’s degree in communications from UC Berkeley and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Managing consultant Molly Porter develops educational programs and presentations about Kaiser Permanente for international health care leaders, both in the U.S. and other countries. Molly has worked for Kaiser Permanente for 27 years, holding positions at the national, regional, and local level.
Previously, she spent three years as the communication manager in Kaiser Permanente’s East Bay Public Affairs, serving the Oakland and Richmond medical centers. Earlier in her career, she worked as a communication consultant for Kaiser Permanente Information Technology and as a manager in Northern California and Program Offices Public Affairs.
During the course of her career at Kaiser Permanente, Molly has attended the Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program, the St. Mary’s College Middle Management Program, and the University of California at Berkeley’s Global Health Leadership Forum. She earned a master’s in organizational leadership, with a focus on strategic innovation and change management, from Colorado State University-Global Campus. Before starting her career, she earned a bachelor’s in Romance languages and literature from Antioch University and studied in Paris, France, and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Watch a video: Molly Porter outlines John Kotter’s change model and its relevance to organizational leadership in health care.
Organizational Change Management
Christine Aguilar supports the planning, marketing, and implementation of Kaiser Permanente International’s programs and speaking engagements.Prior to joining KP International in 2011, Christine worked in the nonprofit sector as a development and communications specialist for a social services organization in Oakland.
In this role, she managed the organization’s website and digital communications and supported fundraising and development operations benefiting people with developmental disabilities. Earlier in her career, Christine worked in the president’s office of a major national bank and was part of a team that managed the company-wide employee recognition program.
Christine graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a degree in comparative literature. After graduating, she was invited to Germany via a Fulbright travel grant and a fellowship from the German government. Joined by interns from several other countries, she taught high school students in Bonn for an academic year. This assignment, along with an earlier experience as an exchange student in Japan, instilled in her a lifelong appreciation of other languages and cultures and fueled her desire to work with global health care professionals in her role at Kaiser Permanente International.
Paul Swenson, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals; President, Kaiser Permanente International
Paul Swenson joined Kaiser Permanente in 2012 as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals. Currently, Paul has responsibilities for strategic planning, business development, enterprise risk management, and research. He also serves as president of Kaiser Permanente International.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Paul was with John Muir Health, where he served as president/CEO for the John Muir Physician Network in addition to executive vice president (EVP) in Administration. During his tenure at John Muir, at various times his EVP/Administration responsibilities included finance, human resources, marketing, strategic planning, information technology, legal, compliance, and community benefit.
Previously, Paul was with Blue Shield of California in several positions, including chief financial officer, senior vice president for the Northern Region business unit and EVP, Corporate Development. Between 1990 and 1998, he held various general management positions with Aetna’s health plan organization in California. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer for Bay Pacific Health Plan, and served as a senior manager for the Amherst/Ernst and Young health care consulting practice.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Watch a video: Paul Swenson discusses Kaiser Permanente’s vision, which includes a commitment to affordability, patient-centered care, and collaborative partnerships.
Kaiser Permanente’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy
Vivian Tan, MBA
Vice President, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships
As Kaiser Permanente’s vice president, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships, Vivian Tan works closely with the chief financial officer and the chairman and CEO. Vivian provides strategic leadership for the decision support function and team in defining, developing, aligning, and advancing the organization’s overall information strategy program, providing analytics and insights that allow key decision makers to get the “right information at the right time” and make the best decisions. Additionally, Vivian manages the organization’s partnership with the World Economic Forum and advises the chief strategy officer on broader international strategy.
Earlier, Vivian led the multiple transformation efforts driving Kaiser Permanente’s national strategy in partnership with all regions and functions. She identified, analyzed, and interpreted health care trends, organizational strategies, strategic investments, and Kaiser Permanente’s overall market and competitive position. Specifically, Vivian led transformation efforts such as One KP, Enterprise Information Strategy (EIS), and Vision 2025, which create alignment around a future vision that defines Kaiser Permanente’s leadership of health care and coverage into the future.
Since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006, Vivian has served in several leadership roles, such as executive director and chief of staff to Kaiser Permanente’s chief financial officer. She was also interim vice president of Strategic Planning before assuming the job permanently in 2009. She served as vice president of Capital Planning from 2011 to 2013.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, in her seven years with international consulting firm Booz & Co., Vivian consulted with senior leadership at Fortune 500 firms. She also worked in policy and planning with the Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (national regulator) and was a senior officer with United Overseas Bank.
Vivian holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, and statistics from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Watch a video: Vivian Tan shares details about her strategy work with all Kaiser Permanente regions and functions.
Kaiser Permanente’s Major Transformation Efforts
Bryan Simmons, MBA
Director of Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships
Bryan Simmons is the director of Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships in the Decision Support department at Kaiser Permanente’s Program Offices. In this role, Bryan leads strategy and shared services infrastructure development in support of the organization’s enterprise information strategy. Additionally, he supports Kaiser Permanente’s participation in the World Economic Forum and its role as a strategic partner in the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
Prior to this role, as Kaiser Permanente’s director of Strategy and Transformation, Bryan was a member of a team that led the development of Kaiser Permanente’s strategic plan in partnership with the regions and national functions as part of the office of the CEO. Strategic projects often included identifying, analyzing, and interpreting emerging health care trends and supported implementation of Kaiser Permanente’s strategy. Bryan joined Kaiser Permanente in August 2007 as a program manager in Marketing, Sales, and Service Administration. He managed large multi-functional programs including several initiatives designed to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Bryan’s past work experience comes from his time as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in both the McLean, Virginia and San Francisco offices. There he led engagements for small and large companies spanning multiple industries including financial services, transportation, health care, and the public sector. His consulting experience includes strategy development, program management, market and competitive assessment, and driving complex change initiatives. Bryan holds a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College and a bachelor of arts in government and politics from George Mason University.