Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson will retire at the end of next year after leading the organization since 2002. He previously served nearly 18 years as president and CEO of HealthPartners in Minneapolis, and has held senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Health Accord International. "After leaving Kaiser Permanente, a major focus for me will be issues of diversity and intergroup interactions," Halvorson said. "We have done some very good things at Kaiser Permanente relative to diversity, and I am looking forward to helping people take advantage of the opportunities presented by diversity." AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock commented, "George is a visionary leader who has contributed greatly to both Kaiser Permanente and the nation's efforts to improve health and health care. He has led Kaiser in its vision to deliver care that promotes health, high quality, and is patient centered."