George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., announced that he will retire in December 2013.
Halvorson, who is 65 and has held the position since 2002, announced his intention to retire more than a year in advance to give the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan adequate time to find a successor.
Halvorson said in an interview that he expects his successor to join the integrated provider before he leaves to ease the transition. Although he says he had committed to just 10 years to the board when he joined the organization, he decided to stay another year given the changes taking place in healthcare, such as the setting up of insurance exchanges. “I think we're going to spend the next months defining the new world, and in 2014 the new world starts,” he said.