For those who weren’t aware, the Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente is a black man named Bernard J. Tyson.
Unfortunately, we now have to amend our comment and say that he WAS the Chairman and CEO because he unexpectedly died in his sleep last night at the age of 60, according to the company’s press release. As of this posting, Tyson’s cause of death has not been revealed.
“An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve,” is how he was described by the organization.
A 34-year-employee, Tyson began his stint as CEO in 2013 and was added the role of chairman in 2014, according to his company bio.
“Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We will greatly miss him,” said board member Edward Pei, Chair of the Executive Committee and the Governance, Accountability and Nominating Committee.
Tyson also served on the boards of directors for the American Heart Association and Salesforce, as well as deputy chairman of the Americas for the International Federation of Health Plans and a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health and Healthcare, according to his company bio, writes Business Insider.
The media outlet also reported that less than a week before his sudden passing, Tyson came out against Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” plan, saying on MSNBC that it could force some of his employees out of their jobs.
Additionally, the Kaiser Permanente release said that Gregory A. Adams, who previously served as executive vice president and group president, would immediately assume the role of interim chairman and CEO.
“The board has full confidence in Greg Adams’ ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition,” the release also noted.