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Diversity Leadership: Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente

Bernard Tyson, Kaiser PermanenteBernard J. Tyson
Chairman and CEO
Kaiser Permanente 

We are a diverse organization, taking care of diverse people,” Bernard Tyson told DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti in an interview after he was named to succeed George Halvorson. Tyson, who became CEO on July 1 and will become Chairman at the end of 2013, is deeply committed to furthering Kaiser Permanente’s legacy as a top company for diversity.

Resource groups, an exceptionally diverse senior management, and the Institute for Culturally Competent Care all help ensure that Kaiser’s employees bring their best selves to the mission of providing quality, affordable healthcare to an increasingly diverse population. “It’s all about creating an environment where the people bring their best thinking forward and are respected and recognized for that,” says Tyson. “The benefit is to have a highly motivated staff coming to work every day, taking care of our 9 million-plus members.”

In three decades at Kaiser, Tyson has held many leadership roles, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Health Plan and Hospital Operations, and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the organization’s regions outside of California. He also led the company’s award-winning Thrive advertising campaign as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy and Management.

Tyson received a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA with a concentration in health services management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned an Advanced Leadership certificate from Harvard University. He chairs the board of directors of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization of Black executives, and sits on the board of the American Heart Association.