Al Anderson

Al Anderson testifies at a congressional committee hearing in 2014, during his time as head of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce named former North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson interim president on Monday.

"Al's expertise in helping teams through transition periods will prove to be an asset for our chamber and we are looking forward to the partnership," Brenda Nagel, chairwoman of the Chamber Board of Directors, said in a statement.

The chamber's Executive Committee has assembled a committee and will begin the search for a permanent president, aiming to have someone in place within 60 to 90 days.

Anderson retired as commissioner from the Department of Commerce in December 2016. He also has 30 years of leadership and development experience in the oil and gas industry, serving on the management team for what was then Tesoro Corporation, now Andeavor.

Anderson has served on numerous boards including those of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Bismarck State College. He was appointed to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council and has been active with Dickinson State University's Business Challenge, the Missouri Slope United Way and the American Red Cross.

A native of Underwood, Anderson has a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from the University of North Dakota and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and five grandchildren.

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