Jim Reid-Anderson

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Jim Reid-Anderson
Born (1959-04-12) 12 April 1959 (age 57)
Baghdad, Iraq
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Salesian College
Occupation Executive Chairman of Six Flags

James "Jim" Reid-Anderson (born 12 April 1959)[1] is the Executive Chairman and former President & Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags having led the company through an eightfold increase in market value over a five-year period. Jim was previously a healthcare adviser to both Apollo and the managing board of Siemens AG, a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of electronics and electrical engineering in the industrial, energy and healthcare sectors. As Chairman, President and CEO of Dade Behring Jim drove a tenfold increase in the stock market value of the company in less than five years before it was acquired by Siemens.


He was born in Baghdad in 1959[1] but left to Beirut soon after due to the 14 July Revolution. He grew up in Lebanon, Guyana and London where he was educated, at Salesian College, Battersea. He obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham in England and is a Fellow of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is married, with four children.


His early career involved stints at Mobil, Tricentrol, Grand Met/Diageo, PepsiCo and Wilson Sporting Goods, living in various parts of the world including Cyprus, Singapore and the US. Reid-Anderson joined Dade Behring Holdings Inc, a company which manufactured testing equipment and supplies for the medical diagnostics industry, in 1996 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and became Chief Administrative Officer and CFO in September 1997. In April 1999, he was promoted to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer and then CEO in September 2000. He was elected as the Chairman of the Board in October 2002.

In 2005 he was a finalist in the Smart Business Chicago Entrepreneur of the Year awards [2] and was later named in the British Sunday Times as the 22nd most influential Briton in the U.S.[3]

In 2007 Dade Behring was acquired by the German conglomerate Siemens AG.[4] In November 2007 Reid-Anderson became the CEO of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and in May 2008 became a member of Siemens AG's managing board and CEO of Siemens Healthcare Sector. In 2009 he became a director of Stericycle Inc, an Illinois-based waste management company.[5]

On 12 August 2010 Reid-Anderson was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Six Flags.[6] The success of Dade Behring led investors to appoint him to this role and their belief in him was rewarded as the company saw six record years in a row from a financial, guest and employee satisfaction perspective. He moved into the role of Executive Chairman on 19 February 2016 allowing others in the organization to move up into senior roles, a trait of his leadership style and success. He continues to have a role in key strategic matters at the company, including governance, M&A, international and organizational development.


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