Bernard J. Tyson, the chairman, and CEO of the health plan provider Kaiser Permanente has passed.
What We Know:
- Bernard J. Tyson has unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at 60 years old. Tyson became the head of Kaiser Permanente in 2013 and worked at the company for over 30 years. He also served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association and SalesForce.
- The company Kaiser Permanente offers the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, called Tyson. During his time as CEO, the company’s health care memberships grew from 9 million to 12.3 million. Revenue grew from $53 billion in 2013 to more than $80 billion.
- Three days prior to his passing, he had been in New York City to speak at the Fast Company Innovation Festival. One day before. he had spoken at Afrotech in Oakland, California. This was a conference for young black people who work in technology, entrepreneurs, and those involved with startups.
- Tyson has helped Kaiser Permanente become a leader in transforming how healthcare systems can have a greater impact on population health. The company issued a statement saying “On behalf of our Board of Directors, employees, and physicians, we extend our deepest sympathies to Bernard’s family during this very difficult time.”
He is survived by his wife, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and their three sons; Bernard Jr., Alexander, and Charles.
This Saturday I’ll be discussing technology and equity in #healthcare at @AfroTech alongside @MorganDeBaun. I think it’s amazing that we have something like this in @aboutKP’s hometown. Hope to see you there. https://t.co/SOI0kbeuHb pic.twitter.com/ZbcXgagj9g
— Bernard J.Tyson, CEO (@BernardJTyson) November 7, 2019