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Warren Anderson (1921 - ) was the chairman of Union Carbide during the 1984 Bhopal Disaster. In the early days of the disaster, Anderson declared publicly the company's "moral responsibility" to the victims of the tragedy, making a substantial company contribution to the initial relief effort of medicine and supplies. While employees of Union Carbide organized a voluntary relief fund, Anderson traveled to India as an act of contrition and to contribute to relief efforts.
Anderson steered Union Carbide through the glare of the Bhopal investigation, designating a safety and environmental affairs unit to focus on the investigation itself while renewing the company's focus on its base chemicals, intermediates and industrial gases businesses. Anderson and the Union Carbide board later successfully staved off a hostile takeover attempt by GAF and its chairman Samuel Heyman, but had to sell off Union Carbide's lucrative consumer products division to meet the crushing debt commitments of the Carbide defense.
Anderson was born in 1921 in the Bay Ridge section of the Bronx, New York to Swedish immigrants. He was named for the President of the United States Warren Harding. He later attended the Naval Pre-Flight School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he played on the Pre-Flight football team with Otto Graham, who later enjoyed success with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
Anderson is currently an absconded fugitive in India and the United States.
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