Greg Adams To Succeed Bernard Tyson at Kaiser Permanente

Twitter full of praise and grief after the sudden death of the KP CEO on Sunday
Peter Wehrwein

Gregory A. Adams, an executive vice president and group president at Kaiser Permanente, is assuming the role of interim chairman and CEO of the integrated health system after the sudden death of CEO Bernard Tyson on Sunday.

"The board has full confidence in Greg Adams' ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition," said the press release issued by the board of directors on Sunday.

The press release says that Tyson, 60, died in his sleep on Sunday. The company didn’t identify a cause of death. Neither did the numerous media accounts about his death.

According to Adams’ bio on the Kaiser Permanente website, he started his career with the company in 1999 in Southern California. The bio says that his  “accountabilities” as executive vice president include co-leading enterprise shared services and leading Kaiser Permanente’s national Medicare care delivery strategy. The bio also says that Adams has had responsibility for the organization’s partnership with the NBA.

Tyson, who had been CEO of Kaiser Permanente since 2013, was well known, a speaker at a countless number of meetings and interviewed often by the media. Twitter was full of expressions of praise and expressions of grief on Sunday.

“I’m devastated to hear about the passing of my good friend and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson. One of the only African-American CEO’s of a major company, Bernard played an important role in our community,” tweeted Magic Johnson.

Tyson made headlines recently by speaking out against Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-all plan.

While Tyson was in charge, Kaiser acquired Group Health Cooperative and its membership increased to 12.3 million. Operating revenues last year reached $82 million.