The company confirmed to CNN Business that Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died in his sleep early Sunday at the age of 60. After more than 30 years of career with the organization, Tyson had worked as chief executive since 2013 and as chair since 2014.
In addition to running one of the nation’s biggest non-profit healthcare plans, Tyson was the first black CEO of the organization and a proponent of affordable healthcare, racial equality and inclusion in the workforce.
Time Magazine listed him on its 2017 list of “100 Most Influential People” and its 2018 list of 50 top medical leaders.
“An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve,” the company said in a statement Sunday.
The business expanded from 174,000 to 218,000 employees and annual revenues of $53 billion to almost $83 billion during its time at Kaiser.
Tyson has served on the American Heart and Sales force boards of directors and was a member of the United States ‘ 200 top CEO Business Council.
Tyson spoke at a conference on health and technology a day before his death.
Tyson addressed the need for businesses to be both diverse and inclusive of different employees during a panel at the AT&T business conference earlier that week.
Tyson has been regarded in recent times as a leading voice for race issues.
Tyson has to his credit an article called “It’s time to revolutionize race relations” after Michael Brown’s unarmed black teenage gunman in Ferguson, Missouri, was blamed for the 2014 killing of a policeman in Fergusezon, Missouri.
Bernard Tyson will for ever be remembered for his advocacy work towards racial justice and workplace diversity in America and the world over. He touched the world and exited the world peacefully.
Rest in Peace Bernard Tyson