Steven W. Kess

  • Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Henry Schein, Inc.

Steven William Kess is Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.  He excels in forging public-private partnerships to address complex global health issues, such as advancing access to care through wellness, prevention and treatment programs; strengthening emergency preparedness and relief; and building health care capacity.  In this catalyst role, Mr. Kess conceives and advances innovative solutions that provide benefits to multiple stakeholders, shepherding these solutions from conceptualization to effective implementation.  Mr. Kess also is co-founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program committed to “helping health happen,” and he serves as the Founding President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

By providing critical insight as an entrepreneur or within large corporations, Mr. Kess has synthesized business and public policy concerns in a career that has spanned consumer packaged goods, communications and the health care industries.  Since 1991, Mr. Kess has held several executive management positions in the medical and dental divisions of Henry Schein and the Office of the Chairman and CEO. Henry Schein is a multinational Fortune 500 company that is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners.  

Mr. Kess has served on the boards of the American Dental Association Foundation; Oral Health America; the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance; Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.  Mr. Kess currently serves on the boards of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund;  the Santa Fe Group; the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders; the Forsyth Institute; the Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine; and the Children’s Dental Health Project.  Mr. Kess is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.  He is also on the Board of Advisors for Columbia University School of Dental Medicine; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry; Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine; NOVA Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine; Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Al Quds University Dental School and Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.  From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kess served as Founding Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the ADA’s “Give Kids A Smile” program, which has provided free dental screenings, treatment and education to more than six million underserved children.

Mr. Kess has received New York University’s Strusser Award, the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile Corporate Service Award, which is named in his honor; the New York State Assembly Corporate Award, the National Dental Association’s Presidential Citation; the Distinguished Service Award from Dental Volunteers for Israel; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Public Service from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research;  a Presidential Citation from the ADA; and honorary membership in Alpha Omega as well as their Meritorious Service Award.

Mr. Kess earned his BBA and MBA from the Baruch School of the City College of New York.  He is the author of numerous articles on advertising, marketing and innovation, and an award-winning documentary film producer. Mr. Kess and his wife, Sharon, have been married for more than 47 years and live in New York City.  They have one daughter and two grandchildren who live in Westchester.