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.
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, MS, director, Kaiser Permanente International, outlines John Kotter’s change model and its relevance to organizational leadership in health care.
Organizational Change Management
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 BA from Duke University and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Watch a video: Paul Swenson, MBA, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, President, Kaiser Permanente International 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
Vivian Tan is Kaiser Permanente’s vice president, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships, working closely with the chief financial officer and the chairman and CEO. In this role, Vivian provides the strategic leadership for the decision support function and team in defining, developing, aligning, and advancing the organization’s overall information strategy program, making it easy for key decision makers to get the “right information at the right time,” providing the needed analytics and insights to make the best decisions.
Additionally, Vivian manages the partnership with the World Economic Forum in partnership with the chief strategy officer on the broader international strategy.
Prior to this role, 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. She is also involved in KP International activities focused on KP’s participation in the World Economic Forum.
Vivian has served in several leadership roles since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006. She was the executive director and chief of staff to Kaiser Permanente’s chief financial officer, where she was also interim vice president of Strategic Planning before assuming the job permanently in 2009. She served as the vice president of Capital Planning from 2011 to 2013.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Vivian consulted with senior leadership at Fortune 500 firms in her seven years with Booz & Co., an international consulting firm. 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 a master’s in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University in 2008.
Watch a video: Vivian Tan, MBA, vice president, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships, shares details about her strategy work with all Kaiser Permanente regions and functions.
Kaiser Permanente’s Major Transformation Efforts