SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

November 19, 2015 13:24 ET

Golden Gate University Alumnus Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Receives 2015 Bay Area Most Admired CEO Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - November 19, 2015) - Golden Gate University alumnus Bernard J. Tyson (BS 82, MBA 84) chairman and CEO of Oakland-based nonprofit health care giant Kaiser Permanente, was one of ten business leaders who received the 2015 Bay Area Most Admired CEO award at a sold-out annual event hosted by the San Francisco Business Times.

Hundreds of attendees gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel on November 11 to celebrate this year's class of top executives for their vision, management style, and values. After an extensive nomination process, a panel of academic and business leaders advised on the final selection for each award category across a diverse range of industries. Tyson was honored in the Large Organization category.

"Golden Gate University couldn't be more proud of Mr. Tyson and his extraordinary achievements as the most influential leader in health care today. His innovative leadership and commitment to the community exemplify the values driving our educational mission, and that GGU strives to develop in our students," said Golden Gate University President Dr. David J. Fike, who presented the award. "He is a model to follow and an inspiration to us all."

From humble beginnings in Vallejo, California, today Tyson leads the largest managed care organization in the United States, with 175,000 employees and 18,000 physicians, 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, and more than $60 billion in annual operating revenue. Under his leadership, Kaiser Permanente has brought an industry-leading approach to health care, delivering high quality and affordable care through a combination of prevention, innovation, and integration that serves as a model for health care in the United States and beyond.

Tyson spoke about how his organization intimately touches people's lives, helping individuals overcome illness, bringing children into the world, and supporting families as they cope with loss. "That is an honor and an incredible responsibility," Tyson said, "and our employees do this each and every day with incredible care and attention."

Tyson arrived at Kaiser Permanente while enrolled in Golden Gate University's MBA program, when he landed a six-month internship with the company -- he was hired full time after only three months. His career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president to president and chief operating officer of the organization.

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For more than 114 years, non-profit Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing high quality, practice-based undergraduate and graduate educational programs in law, taxation, business and related professions in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.

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