- Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Nov. 10 at the age of 60, according to the company.
- The company called the executive "an outstanding leader, visionary and champion of high quality and affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve."
- Tyson was in the company in more than 34 years, has served as CEO since 2013 and assumed the role of chairman in January 2014.
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Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson died unexpectedly in his sleep on November 1
The company called the executive "an outstanding leader, visionary and champion of affordable, high-quality healthcare for all Americans. Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve."
Tyson was in the company in more than 34 years, has served as CEO since 2013 and assumed the role of chairman in January 2014, according to his corporate bio.
"Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We will miss him greatly," said Board Member Edward Pei, Chair of the Executive Committee and the Governance, Accountability and Nomination Committee.
Tyson has also served on the boards of the American Heart Association and Salesforce, as well as the deputy chair of the Americas for the International Federation of Health Plans and a representative of the World Economic Forum's Global Challenge on the Future of Health and Healthcare, according to his company bio.
Less than a week before his death, Tyson took an outspoken stance against Democratic president hopeful Elizabeth Elizabeth Wire's "Medicare for All" plan, saying on MSNBC that it could force some of his staff out of the job.
The release stated that Gregory A. Adams, who previously served as executive vice president and CEO, will immediately assume the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer, noting: "The board has full confidence in Greg Adams's ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition. "