Kathryn Beiser
Kathryn Beiser

Kathryn Beiser, one-time global chair of Edelman's corporate practice, will join Kaiser Permanente Jan. 8 as senior VP/chief communications officer.

She'll handle internal/external communications, media relations, issues management, media relations and executive visibility for the healthcare provider for nearly 12M people in eight states.

Beiser will serve as communications advisor to CEO Bernard Tyson and "be accountable for the development, maintenance, execution and coordination and measurement of the organization's communication strategy, policies and standards, activities and key messages," according to Kaiser's announcement.

Beiser currently is a senior advisor at APCO Worldwide. Besides Edelman, she was executive VP-corporate communications at Hilton Worldwide and VP-corporate communications at Discover Financial Services.

In her more than 20 year PR career, she did stints at Burson-Marsteller, Golin and Hill+Knowlton Strategies.