Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. born in Topeka, Kansas, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965, with a bachelor of science degree in math and engineering. He subsequently received two master's degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973. Mr. Anderson attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1977. He also is a 1984 graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. In June 2007, Mr. Anderson received an honorary doctor of management degree from Kettering University.
During his military career, Mr. Anderson commanded troops as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. In addition to troop command, he served as aide-de-camp to two general officers, and was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.
Mr. Anderson and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film "The Anderson Platoon." The documentary has been shown in more than 20 countries and has won several prizes including the Oscar of the Academy Awards and an Emmy for the "Best Documentary Film of 1967." Mr. Anderson's military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals. He resigned his commission in 1978, after 13 years of service and early selection for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1977, Mr. Anderson was selected to be a White House Fellow and worked as special assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps. Following his White House Fellow Year, he continued to work for Secretary Kreps until he joined General Motors in 1979.
Mr. Anderson began his business career with General Motors in 1979 at Pontiac Motor Division. In 1981, after
several manufacturing assignments, Mr. Anderson was named Plant Manager of the Pressed Metal and Plating
Operations, Pontiac Motor Division. After three years as a plant manager, Mr. Anderson held several staff
assignments until 1989 when he was appointed Director of the Exterior Systems Business Unit, Inland Fisher
Guide Division of General Motors Corporation. In 1990 he was appointed General Director, Body Hardware
Business Unit, Inland Fisher Guide Division, General Motors Corporation, a business unit with 7,000
employees and revenue of $1 billion. In late 1992, after 13 years of service, Mr. Anderson resigned from
General Motors to become President and Chief Executive Officer of a privately held company, Composite
Energy Management Systems, Incorporated (CEMSI). In October 1994, Mr. Anderson acquired a controlling
interest in another privately held entity, Chivas Products Limited, which manufactured interior trim products
and lighting assemblies principally for the automotive industry. In 1997, the company was restructured as
Chivas Industries, LLC where Mr. Anderson maintained controlling ownership and held the position of
Chairman of the Board and CEO before divesting his interest in 2002. He is currently the majority owner,
Chairman and CEO of TAG Holdings, LLC which owns several manufacturing, service and technology based
entities based in North America. These entities serve a variety of industries including automotive, heavy
equipment, aerospace, defense, and recreational vehicles.
Mr. Anderson currently serves on the company Boards of Directors of Meritor,
Inc., and Rite Aid Corporation. He is also on the board of the Business Leaders for Michigan, and Wynnchurch Capital Advisory Board of
Directors. Mr. Anderson also serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit
Branch. His community involvement includes the National Recreation Foundation, Horizons Upward Bound
Advisory Board and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Executive Leaders Advocacy Group. Mr. Anderson
served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council for the term 2013-2015.
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