Kaiser Permanente CEO unexpectedly dies

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 11, 2019

Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of nonprofit healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente, died Sunday in his sleep.

Tyson is survived by his wife, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and three sons, Bernard J. Tyson Jr., Alexander and Charles.

Executive Committee Chair Edward Pei called Tyson "an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader and an honorable man".

The board of directors has named Executive Vice President Gregory Adams as interim chairman and CEO.

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Tyson appeared on Time's list of the world's most influential people and other lists including Modern Healthcare's list of influential people in the industry. His age wasn't disclosed in the news release.

In addition to his role at Kaiser Permanente, Tyson served on several corporate boards, including those for the American Heart Association and the tech firm Salesforce.

Kaiser's annual operating revenue as of June was almost $80 billion, up from about $53 billion in 2013 when Tyson took over as CEO, according to the company's website. It oversees health plans for more than 12 million customers, with about two-thirds of those in California. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and deputy chairman of the Americas of the International Federation of Health Plans.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tyson earned a Master of Business Administration in health service administration and a bachelor's degree in health service management.

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