Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente in the 2018 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.
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Kaiser Permanente’s chief executive and chairman, Bernard J. Tyson, died in his sleep early Sunday at age 60, the California-based company affirmed.
Tyson succeeded George Halvorson as chief executive in 2013 and had headed the medical care corporation for the past six decades. Tyson was the business’s first black chief executive as it was set in 1945.
His cause of death is unclear.
In its announcement, Kaiser Permanente explained Tyson as an “outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care.”
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Executive Vice President and Group President Greg Adams will serve as interim chairman and chief executive.
“Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We will greatly miss him,” board member Edward Pei said. “The board has full confidence in Greg Adams’ ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition.”
Tyson spent 34 years with Kaiser Permanente in a variety of functions, including as a hospital administrator, based on his firm biography. The San Francisco Bay Area native received a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and held a range of roles in the community.
He was a member of the Business Council and the Bay Area Council and was on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, the biography said.