Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of not-for-profit health insurer Kaiser Permanente, died in his sleep aged 60, said the company in a statement.
Tyson, who rose to the top job since 2013, was the company’s first black chief executive and a strong proponent for affordable and accessible healthcare.
In a statement, Kaiser Permanente described Tyson as “an outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”
As of June 2019, Kaiser’s annual operating revenue was nearly $80 billion, up from about $53 billion in 2013 when Tyson took over as CEO.
Kaiser, which serves more than 12 million people across the United States, named Gregory Adams, as its executive vice president, and as its interim chairman and CEO.