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Bernard J. Tyson

Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Last update: March 9, 2018



Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of nearly $73 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 12 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Tyson assumed the role of chairman in January 2014 and has served as CEO since 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned more than 33 years. During that time, Tyson has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president to president and chief operating officer of the Oakland, California-based health care organization.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to drive the need for affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and the 65 million residents in its communities. The organization is delivering on its “Thrive” promise by bringing an industry-leading 21st-century approach to health care and coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health — physical health as well as mental health and wellness. Kaiser Permanente’s 200,000 employees and 22,600 Permanente Medical Group physicians provide personalized, coordinated and technologically advanced care that consistently delivers some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation, while also leading the country in prevention, patient safety and quality.

Tyson’s influence has been felt both nationally and internationally. Modern Healthcare has named him the most influential health care executive for four consecutive years. He is No. 4 on the 2017 list, following Sens. Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, who were named to the No. 1 spot collectively. In 2017, he was included on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world and Fast Company’s list of most creative people.

Tyson serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, and Salesforce. He is chair of America’s Health Insurance Plans, chairman of the International Federation of Health Plans, and is a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health. Tyson is chair of the Bay Area Council, a business-led public policy organization advocating for a strong economy and better quality of life for Bay Area residents. He is a member of The Business Council.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a master’s of business degree in health service administration and a bachelor’s degree in health service management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University.