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Kaiser Permanente Makes Gregory Adams Permanent Chairman and CEO

Analysis  |  By Steven Porter  
   December 11, 2019

The organization pointed to its decision as evidence of a 'strong internal succession planning process.'

A month after the sudden death of Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, the organization named a successor Tuesday.

Gregory A. Adams, who stepped into the role on an interim basis last month, was approved by the board to become the nonprofit's permanent leader.

Edward Pei, who chairs two the board's committees, said the decision shows Kaiser Permanente has a "strong internal success planning process" in place.

"For more than a decade, Mr. Adams worked on a wide variety of major initiatives and areas of focus, and has led Kaiser Permanente's work on growing membership, affordability for our members, and transforming and expanding access to care," Pei said in a statement.

Adams, who had been executive vice president and group president, said it's an honor to follow in Tyson's footsteps.

"He was an exceptional leader who was passionate about and dedicated to Kaiser Permanente," Adams said in the statement. "Kaiser Permanente will continue to move forward together to deliver on our mission: providing high-quality, affordable health care services, improving the health of our members and the communities we serve, and transforming American health and health care."

Widely recognized for a record of clinical excellence and innovation, Kaiser Permanente has been embroiled in a series of heated labor disputes. A strike that was postponed in light of Tyson's death has been rescheduled for next week.

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Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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