Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), a position he assumed in 2007. He represents and is the chief spokesman for an industry that has annual sales of more than $1 trillion, employs nearly 3.3 million individuals, and works with suppliers and other partners to help meet the health, wellness and daily needs of patients and consumers across America. Nearly all Americans (86%) live within five miles of a retail pharmacy.
Anderson also serves as Chairman of the NACDS Foundation, whose mission is to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately.
Before joining NACDS, Anderson was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association for eight years. Prior to that Anderson held management positions at the American Frozen Food Institute for 20 years, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer for 10 years. He was a candidate for the United States Congress from the Sixteenth District of Illinois before entering the association profession. Anderson served as a senior staff member to Congressman John B. Anderson (no relation), the Chairman of the Republican Conference of the United States House of Representatives, the third-ranking position in the Republican leadership.
Anderson is passionate about and committed to education. He was a Paul E. Wise Executive in Residence at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Anderson has served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell College and the Advisory Board of Cornell’s Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy. He has been a visiting lecturer and guest speaker at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, American University’s Washington College of Law, Elon University’s Political Science Department, Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy, and the University of Colorado’s School of Pharmacy. Anderson gave the Inaugural Sebok Lecture at the Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced Anderson’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, where he served for eight years. Anderson serves on the Parents Councils at Wake Forest University and Elon University, and the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.
Anderson served for six years on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is the Past Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Anderson is a current member of the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100 and on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Anderson is a graduate of Cornell College. While studying in England during his time at Cornell, he clerked for The Honorable William Hamling, a member of the British House of Commons. Anderson completed the six-year Institute for Organization Management Program at the University of Delaware.