Chris Stenzel

Co-Founder & Vice President, Business Development & Innovation

Chris Stenzel is National Vice President, Business Development and Innovation for Kaiser Permanente’s national health plan. His role is to improve Kaiser Permanente’s competitive position, growth and performance through innovative business initiatives and relationships. He currently oversees a portfolio of initiatives ranging from telehealth-enabled retail care to clinical centers of excellence to technology innovation partnerships with large employers. Chris currently helps lead Kaiser Permanente’s corporate venture capital program. He is a board member or observer on seven of Kaiser Permanente Ventures’ portfolio companies. During his 30 years with Kaiser Permanente, Chris has held a wide range of leadership positions within the medical groups, health plan and hospital areas, including strategic planning, information technology management, and business development. He was the CEO of a start-up company owned by Kaiser Permanente that grew to $20 million in revenue. Chris and his team founded Kaiser Permanente’s long-standing corporate venture capital program in 1998. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Chris was a senior manager with Accenture (then Andersen Consulting). In this role, he led strategic management and information technology consulting projects for large companies in the United States and internationally. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA in Finance with distinction from the University of San Francisco.