Warren Anderson (American businessman)

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Warren M. Anderson (born November 29, 1921)[1] is a retired American businessman who served as Chairman and CEO of the Union Carbide Corporation at the time of the Bhopal disaster in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was born in 1921 in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York, to Swedish immigrants. He was named after the American president Warren Harding. He later attended the naval pre-flight school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is married to Lillian Anderson.[2] They live in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York and own houses in Vero Beach, Florida and Greenwich, Connecticut.[2]

Bhopal disaster[edit]

The Bhopal disaster took place in a plant belonging to Union Carbide's (UCC) Indian subsidiary, Union Carbide India Limited, in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India during 1984. Thousands of people died and thousands more were injured in the disaster.[3] As the UCC CEO, Anderson was charged[citation needed] with manslaughter by Indian authorities. He flew to India and was promptly placed in custody by Indian authorities. Anderson posted bail, returned to the US, and refused to return to India.

He was declared a fugitive from justice by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal on February 1, 1992, for failing to appear at the court hearings in a culpable homicide case in which he was named the chief defendant.[4] The chief judicial magistrate of Bhopal, Prakash Mohan Tiwari, issued an arrest warrant for Anderson on July 31, 2009.[5] The United States has declined to extradite him since the first extradition request in 2003 citing a lack of evidence.[6]

In August 2009, a UCC spokesperson said Union Carbide had no role in operating the plant at the time as the factory was owned, managed and operated by employees of Union Carbide India Limited.[7] Eight former senior employees of the subsidiary were found guilty on June 7, 2010. After these convictions, a UCC spokesperson said, "All the appropriate people from UCIL – officers and those who actually ran the plant on a daily basis – have appeared to face charges."


  1. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service - Volume 15. New York Times & Arno Press. 1984. p. 1565. 
  2. ^ a b "Wife: Ex-Exec 'Haunted' by Bhopal Gas Leak". CBS News. August 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Bhopal Tragedy of 1984 Bhopal Information Center, Union Carbide Corporation
  4. ^ "The Dow Chemical Company: Bhopal Disaster". Knowmore.org. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Court issues arrest warrant for former CEO of Union Carbide in gas leak case". The Guardian (London). July 31, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009. 
  6. ^ Lack of Evidence Held up Anderson Extradition: MEA Times of India, June 10, 2010
  7. ^ Company Defends Chief in Bhopal Disaster New York Times, August 3, 2009

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