President & CEO
Port Tampa Bay
Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa (FL) Port Authority as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades. Prior to joining the Tampa Port Authority, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.
Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority. In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson was most recently appointed to join the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors Board of Directors.
Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman. During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.
Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.
Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council and Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.
Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.