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Tyson Named CEO Of Kaiser Permanente

Bernard Tyson has been an executive with the giant HMO.

Los Angeles Times: Kaiser Permanente Promotes Longtime Executive To Be Next CEO
Kaiser Permanente's board said it would promote a veteran executive to be the next chairman and chief executive of the healthcare giant, effective next year. Bernard J. Tyson will replace George Halvorson, 65, ... Halvorson was instrumental in building Kaiser into the nation's largest nonprofit insurer and hospital system, with more than 9 million customers and nearly $50 million in annual revenue. It employs 17,000 physicians nationwide (Terhune, 11/6).

Modern Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente Taps Tyson For CEO Post
Halvorson has been CEO since 2002. "The board made an excellent choice," Halvorson said in the release. "Bernard has done an extremely good job as president and COO of Kaiser Permanente, and I am confident he will continue to perform at the same level as chairman and CEO." Tyson, 52, will replace Halvorson as CEO after a six-month transition period, and will take over as chairman of the board at the end of next year when Halvorson leaves (Selvam, 11/5).

Related, earlier KHN story: Halvorson: Premium Costs In The Exchanges Will 'Depend Entirely' On Participation – The KHN Interview (Appleby and Tran, 11/1) 

Bloomberg Businessweek: Kaiser Permanente Promotes Tyson to Take Over as CEO
[Tyson] take over as President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act, is fully implemented at the beginning of 2014. New insurance marketplaces called exchanges are due to open in every state ... Kaiser expects to offer exchange plans in every state where it operates, Tyson said (Wayne, 11/5).

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