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Chuck Columbus

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Last update: August 31, 2017



Chuck Columbus is senior vice president and chief Human Resources officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. He joined the organization in August 2009 as senior vice president, Labor Relations, and led the development of Kaiser Permanente’s national labor relations strategy. For the 2010 National Agreement, he directed collective bargaining with the organization’s partner unions. He also was one of the architects of the innovative approach to workforce wellness, led jointly by Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.

As chief Human Resources officer, Columbus has national responsibility for all Human Resources functions, including recruiting, learning and development, succession management, workplace safety and workforce wellness, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. Additionally, Columbus shares responsibility for National Diversity and Inclusion, and is responsible for the Diversity and Inclusion workforce strategy.

Columbus has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in Human Resources, with responsibility for overall Human Resources strategy and functions. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, he spent his career at Ford Motor Co., holding a number of senior labor and human resources positions, including vice president of Human Resources, Asia Markets. In this position, he was responsible for all human resources functions in six countries, as well as for employee and organizational development processes in the 11 Ford markets in Asia-Pacific and Africa.

During this period, he led a realignment initiative that developed strategies for the optimal use of regional resources. He also served as chairman of the Human Resources Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and currently serves on the board of directors of the Human Resources Policy Association and the board of trustees of the American Health Policy Institute.

Columbus holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.