Kaiser Permanente recently promoted Executive Vice President Bernard Tyson, 51, to president and CEO of the Oakland, Calif.-based health care insurance provider. The position has been vacant for eight years.

Tyson, who has worked with Kaiser for 30 years, is the No. 2 person in charge and reports to Chairman and CEO George Halvorson. “Bernard has functioned as the chief operating officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.’s regions for the past four years,” Halvorson said in a statement. “He has been a solid and successful leader.”

Over his 30-year career, Tyson has developed a great understanding of the health care industry and the inner workings of Kaiser Permanente, according to company officials. For the last 26 years, he has held various leadership positions, managing individual hospitals and spearheading branding efforts that resulted in the company’s Thrive advertising campaign.

A strong proponent of inclusive leadership, Tyson serves as an executive sponsor for Kaiser Permanente initiatives focusing on eliminating disparities in health care and promoting diversity in the workplace.

Tyson has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned an advanced leadership certificate from Harvard University.

Tyson serves as vice chair for the Executive Leadership Council — a leadership network and advocacy organization whose membership is made up of African-American senior executives from the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations.