The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) in Pasadena has appointed Ramón Baez, a distinguished former executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise to its Board of Directors.
The addition of Baez, who brings extensive expertise in information technology and Diversity and Inclusion is expected to enhance the governance of the medical school, a statement by KPSOM on Tuesday said.
“We are thrilled that Ramón Baez has joined our board and look forward to the wealth of knowledge and expertise he will bring,” Dr. Mark Schuster, KPSOM Founding Dean and CEO, said. “His deep experience as a technology executive within a broad array of organizations will be an enormous asset to our board, and by extension, our students, faculty, and staff.”
Baez was the senior vice president of Hewlett Packard providing guidance on emerging digital technology decisions related to operations, products, and business models, before retiring in 2016. He also chaired HPE’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, focusing on advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives globally.
Baez’s career spans various Fortune 100 companies in aerospace, defense, manufacturing, and packaged goods, with a 25-year tenure at Northrop Grumman, where he was Chief Information Officer of the electronic systems sensor sector.
“I am excited to join the board of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and hope my business experience and enthusiasm for furthering the mission, vision and values of the school will benefit the overall school community and the future physicians we play a part in shaping,” Baez said of his appointment.
Baez has been serving on the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals boards of directors since April 2016 and chairs the Community Health Committee. He’s also a member of the Governance, Accountability, and Nominating Committee.
“Ramón’s board service and passion for strengthening diversity and inclusion in business and society fit perfectly with our school’s aim to achieve health equity for all and to provide a world-class education for our students,” Dr. Holly Humphrey, KPSOM Board Chair, said. “We now look forward to the inspiration and perspective he will bring to our board.”