Bernard Tyson Named CEO of Kaiser Permanente

George Halvorson (left), Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente, and Bernard J. Tyson, President and Chief Operating Officer. Tyson will succeed Halvorson in 2013 when Halvorson retires. Photo: Kaiser Permanente, PRNewsFoto / SF.

The board of directors of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan have named Bernard J. Tyson the next chairman and chief executive officer of the organization, the nation’s largest health care system. Tyson will succeed current chairman and CEO George Halvorson, who recently announced that he will retire next year. Tyson, current president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, will join the board of directors next month. He will assume the role of CEO after a six-month transition period. Halvorson will remain chairman through the end of 2013, at which time Tyson will assume the role of chairman and CEO. Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit organization serving more than 9 million members and generating nearly $50 billion in annual revenue.  The health plan has more than 180,000 employees in addition to 17,000 physicians who are part of the Permanente Medical Groups. “During Mr. Tyson’s 28 years at Kaiser Permanente, he has demonstrated excellent leadership and vision for this organization, uniquely qualifying him to serve as our next chairman and CEO,” said Kim Kaiser, board member and chairman of the search committee. Tyson, who lives in the Bay Area, was instrumental in the creation of the successful Thrive advertising campaign as senior vice president of Brand Strategy and Management. Tyson offers almost three decades of operations and hospital experience. “As we continue down the path of health care reform and the transformation of the health care industry, I am excited about leading an organization so committed to high-quality and affordable care for everyone,” said Tyson. Tyson has both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned an advanced leadership certificate from Harvard University. Tyson is chair of the Executive Leadership Council,  an organization that includes current and former African-American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies.
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