In Memoriam: Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman And CEO Of Health Insurer Kaiser Permanente

Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of health insurer Kaiser Permanente died unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday. He was 60 years old.

In addition to leading one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health plans, Tyson was the company’s first black CEO and a champion for accessible healthcare, racial justice and workplace diversity. Time Magazine named him to its 100 Most Influential People list in 2017 and its list of 50 top leaders in healthcare in 2018.

The day before his death, Tyson spoke at the Afrotech conference on equity in healthcare and technology and earlier that week he spoke on a panel at the AT&T Business Summit, where he discussed the need for companies to be both diverse and inclusive of diverse work forces.

In response to his death, the National Union of Healthcare Workers postponed a five-day strike by 4,000 mental health professional that had been set to begin today at more than 100 Kaiser clinics across California.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and three sons from his earlier marriage, Alexander, Charles and Bernard Tyson Jr. We’ll keep his family and all those who loved him in our thoughts and prayers.

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