A photo of James Anderson.

James M. Anderson

  • Advisor to the President
  • Former President and Chief Executive Officer



James M. Anderson retired in 2009 as president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he had held since 1996. He was instrumental in shaping the extraordinary growth at the medical center.  Since his retirement, the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence has been named in his honor.

His appointment as president and CEO followed 20 years of service to the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees, including four years as chairman. Before joining Cincinnati Children’s, he was a partner in the general corporate department at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister and president of US operations at Xomox Corp., a publicly traded manufacturer of specialty process controls. 

After serving many years as an independent director, he was appointed chairman of the board of the National Stock Exchange Inc. in October 2007. He joined the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in May 2007. In January 2005, Mr. Anderson was appointed chairman of the board of the Cincinnati branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Further, in July 2005, he was appointed to a national advisory commission that helped identify reforms necessary to stabilize and strengthen the Medicaid system. From 2003-2008, he served on the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board, which provides strategic planning for investments administered by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. 

He holds or has held other director or officer positions for numerous corporations, including Meridian Bioscience Inc., Gateway Investment Trust and the UNIFI Companies. His extensive civic involvement includes serving as a co-chair on the Regional Innovation Task Force, current chairman of CincyTech, service to the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and the College of Mount St. Joseph. In addition to serving on the board of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Mr. Anderson served as its 2006 campaign chair.

Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Yale University (1963) and Vanderbilt School of Law (1966). He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War where he was a member of the 1st Infantry Division.