Alicia Nicole Nov 6, 2012

Bernard J. Tyson Named Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente


The board of directors of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan has named Bernard J. Tyson the next chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its organization. Kaiser is the largest integrated health care system in the nation, serving more than 9 million members and generating nearly $50 billion in annual revenue.

Tyson will succeed current chairman and CEO, George Halvorson, who is set to retire next year. He has held his current position as president and COO of the organization for almost two years and brings nearly three decades of operations and hospital experience to the job.

“I am deeply honored to follow George Halvorson’s incredible leadership and to serve this great organization as its next chairman and chief executive officer” said Tyson in a recent release from Kaiser. “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.”

To aide in a seamless transition, Tyson will join the board of directors next month and assume his new role as CEO after a six-month transition period. Halvorson will remain chairman until his retirement at the end of 2013, at which time Tyson will take over that role, as well.

Prior to his current position, Tyson served as executive vice president of health plan and hospital operations for the company. He was also senior vice president and COO for the organization’s regions outside of California, where he provided overall direction for business initiatives and strategic best practices between the regions.

Tyson resides in the Bay Area and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Golden Gate University. He also holds a certificate in advanced leadership from Harvard University. He is also the chair of the Executive Leadership Council, serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and was named one of the most powerful minorities in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2010.

UPTOWN Professional would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Bernard J. Tyson on his incredible accomplishment.