Former president and CEO of JetBlue builds on strong Kaiser Permanente boards.
OAKLAND, Calif. — David J. Barger, a longtime leader in the aviation transportation industry, has been named to the Boards of Directors for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente.
Barger is a partner of Connor Capital Transportation Opportunities, a transportation investment fund based in Santa Barbara, California. He retired as CEO of JetBlue Airways early in 2015, serving as president and COO from the founding of the company in 1998. His career also includes key roles from 1981 to 1998 with Continental Airlines and New York Air.
“David comes to us with a wealth of expertise in business strategy, execution and management,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “His knowledge of the consumer perspective and his focus on safety will be instrumental in Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing transformation to an even more consumer-oriented organization.”
Tyson added, “David is an excellent addition to our board and we look forward to his contributions to the future of health and health care.”
"I am honored at the opportunity to join this organization’s boards of directors” Barger said. “Kaiser Permanente is widely recognized for its focus on high-quality service, research and care. I look forward to working with the team as it continues to break new ground in health care."
During his aviation career, Barger was a board member at Airlines for America and the International Air Transportation Association, and chaired the NextGen Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C.
In recognition of his more than 30 years in the industry, Barger was awarded the 2016 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Aviation Club. He also is committed to the community, serving on the board of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation — Arnold Palmer’s legacy non-profit public foundation — and PENCIL, a New York-based educational non-profit creating innovative and impactful models of ongoing collaboration between business and public schools. He recently retired from the Flight Safety Foundation board of governors after 15 years of service.
Barger is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, where he serves on the Literature, Science and the Arts Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Organizational Studies Advisory Committee. He endowed the Barger Leadership Institute, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The organization provides leadership access opportunities to undergraduates outside the classroom in various settings.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve nearly 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.