Benjamin A. Breier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Healthcare, LLC, one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the United States. He assumed responsibility as CEO in March of 2015, after having been named President in 2012.
Kindred operates a diverse blend of health care service businesses including transitional care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in approximately 1,800 locations across the United States. Kindred was named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies in 2018, the ninth time it has made the list.
In July 2018, Mr. Breier led a consortium of buyers, including Humana, TPG Capital (TPG) and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) in a successful leveraged buyout (LBO) of previously publicly traded Kindred Healthcare (KND:NYSE). Prior to taking the company private, Kindred had revenues in excess of $7.5 Billion, 110,000 employees, operations in 47 states, and serving more than one million patients per year.
Throughout Mr. Breier’s tenure at Kindred, he has strategically deployed capital to create leading scaled businesses in a variety of areas. Acquiring and integrating publicly traded RehabCare (RHB) in 2011 made Kindred the largest rehabilitation provider in the United States. Acquiring and integrating Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) in 2015 made Kindred the largest provider of Home Health and Hospice in the United States. In 2017 Mr. Breier completed the divestiture of one of the largest skilled nursing facility platforms, completely exiting the skilled nursing industry. Mr. Breier also acquired Centerre in 2015 creating one of the nation’s largest inpatient rehabilitation facility platforms.
Mr. Breier received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds both and MBA, and an MHA from the University of Miami (Fla.).
Mr. Breier currently serves on the Board of Kindred Healthcare, the Federation of American Hospitals, and is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. He is also a former member of the Business Roundtable. Mr. Breier serves on the Board of the University of Miami’s School of Business as well as on the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. He chairs the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council.
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Modern Healthcare magazine named Mr. Breier one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. In 2010, Mr. Breier was named to Modern Healthcare’s “Up and Comers” list which recognizes young leaders aged 40 and under making a difference in healthcare. In 2015, Louisville’s Business First named Mr. Breier the Health Care Leader of the Year. In 2018, Mr. Breier was named Business First’s 2018 Excellence in Business Leadership honoree.