A former executive for Tesoro Corp. with 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry was named North Dakota’s new commerce commissioner on Friday.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple named Alan Anderson to head the North Dakota Department of Commerce beginning next week. The Associated Press reported that Anderson was the manager of Tesoro’s oil refinery near Mandan and also was a vice president for development at Tesoro before retiring from the company last year.
Shane Goettle, the former chief of the Commerce Department, left the job last December to join the staff of Sen. John Hoeven. Paul Govig has been serving as the acting commissioner.
In a written statement, Dalrymple said Anderson’s “proven leadership and extensive experience” will be a “great asset” for the state and the Commerce Department.
“His strong background in strategic planning and business development will be a valuable resource as he leads the Commerce team and advances the state’s aggresive economic development efforts,” he wrote.