Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente at WEF 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.
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Kaiser Permanent President and CEO Bernard J. Tyson passed away early Sunday, aged 60, the California-based company confirmed.
Tyson succeeded George Halvorson as CEO in 2013 and had led the health care company for the past six years. Tyson was the company's first black chief since it was founded in 1945.
His cause of death is unclear.
In his statement, Kaiser described Permanente Tyson as an "outstanding leader, visionary and champion of high quality, affordable health care."
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Executive Vice President and President Greg Adams will serve as interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
"Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We will miss him greatly," said board member Edward Pei. "The Board has full confidence in Greg Adams & # 39; s ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition."
Tyson spent 34 years with Kaiser Permanente in various roles, including as a hospital administrator, according to the company's biography. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he received a bachelor's degree in health management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and held a variety of roles in the community.
He was a member of the Business Council and the Bay Area Council board of the American Heart Association, the biography said.