by Jasmine Phiri
May 26, 2020
Chairman and CEO,
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals
Gregory A. Adams is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente. Adams assumed the role of chairman and CEO in December 2019.
A nationally recognized leader and a champion of health care transformation, improving access, and pushing for better health outcomes, Adams, since his time with Kaiser Permanente, has been driving the comprehensive work focused on growing the organization’s membership, improving affordability for members, and transforming and expanding access to care.
Adams has 30 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and has played an integral role in leading the transformation and improvement of patient care outcomes at Kaiser Permanente. In addition, Adams has been a key leader in driving the organization’s mission of providing high-quality, affordable care and coverage; strengthening the culture; and ensuring Kaiser Permanente continues to be a great place to work.
Prior to his current role, Adams served as executive vice president and group president, with direct responsibility for health plan and hospital operations in all 8 Kaiser Permanente regions, serving 12.4 million members and operating 39 hospitals and 714 medical office facilities. Adams’ accountabilities included co-leading Enterprise Shared Services to serve the operational needs of the regions and leading Kaiser Permanente’s national Medicare care delivery strategy. Prior to that, he was named regional president of Kaiser Permanente for Northern California in April 2008. In July 2013, he was appointed executive vice president.
Adams is a member of the board of directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans and the board of trustees for the American Nurses Foundation. He is also both a governor and steward within the Health and Healthcare Community at the World Economic Forum. Additionally, Adams is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and The Executive Leadership Council, and also serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He is a past member of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the California Hospital Association’s board of trustees.
Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and graduate degree from Wichita State University.