Kent Thiry, who has been active in Colorado political causes while leading one of the state's largest corporations, will step down as chief executive officer of Denver-based DaVita Inc. on June 1, the company announced Monday.

Thiry, who also serves as chairman of the health care company, will stay on as executive chairman, the company said.

DaVita named Javier Rodriguez as its next CEO starting June 1. Rodriguez has led DaVita's core kidney-dialysis business since March 2014.

Thiry has been DaVita's chief executive since 1999. The company moved its headquarters to Denver from southern California a decade ago.

Thiry has been tapped to help lead Colorado's proposed November ballot initiative to raise taxes on tobacco and vaping, and took part in last week's announcement of the plan by Gov. Jared Polis.

He also helped lead last year's successful campaign to pass a pair of ballot measures reforming the way Colorado draws its congressional and legislative boundaries.

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