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Richard A. Anderson
Atlanta, GA

Dick Anderson is executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), has been one of Georgia’s most prominent business leaders and a high-ranking executive in the telecommunications industry, and is highly respected for his involvement in charitable activities and civic affairs. Anderson had a long and distinguished career in the telecommunications industry. He joined South Central Bell as an account executive in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become the COO of BellSouth Communication Systems. In 2005, he was named vice chairman — planning & administration for BellSouth and was responsible for all corporate-level staff functions. Following the merger of AT&T and BellSouth, he was named group president — global business services, where he had profit and loss responsibility for a $32B business. Subsequently, he retired to pursue opportunities in public service.

As chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in 2007, Anderson led an organization representing over 4,000 companies with more than 700,000 employees representing the engine of Georgia’s economy. Anderson focused during his chairmanship on recruiting companies, creating high quality jobs, improving quality of life, reducing traffic congestion, improving education, and protecting vital water resources. Anderson has been named one of the 100 most influential Atlantans by the Business Chronicle and nominated by President Bush to serve on the oversight board for the Internal Revenue Service.

Anderson serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes and Chick-fil-A Bowl. He also sits on the board of advisors for Kennesaw State University and Murray State University and led Atlanta’s bid for Super Bowl 2009. Anderson graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing in 1980, and received an M.B.A. in 1981 from Murray State University. In 1994, he was elected the “MSU Outstanding Alum.” He and his wife, Maureen, have three children and live in Roswell, Ga., where he is an active member and leader at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church.