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Hans Hertell

Hans Hertell
United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
In office
President George W. Bush
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 64–65)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nationality United States
Political party New Progressive Party
Republican Party
Spouse(s) Marie
Alma mater Fordham University
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Profession diplomatic corps

Hans Helmut Hertell[1] (born circa 1950 in Ambassador on November 8, 2001, and began his duties in the Dominican Republic on November 29, 2001.


  • Early years 1
  • Ambassador 2
  • Post-Ambassador years 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Hertell was one of the co-founders of Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer & Hertell, a law firm in Puerto Rico. From 1992-96, Hertell was managing director for the Caribbean and Latin America affairs at Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey, a government and public affairs company based in Washington, D.C.. In 1989, he served as a member of the Commission to Review U.S. Magistrates for Reappointment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Between 1982-84, he served as political and legal advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico, as well as to the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Treasury of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Hertell was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001. At the time the Dominican Republic was the fourth largest trading partner of the United States in the Western Hemisphere after Canada, Brazil and Mexico and the largest economy in Central America and the Caribbean. In April 2007, Hertell officially left his post as ambassador.[2] He was replaced by Chargé d'affaires Roland W. Bullen, who served as the interim head of the embassy until mid-November 2007.[3] On November 15, 2007, P. Robert Fannin was sworn in as the new ambassador.[4] When he finished his tour on May 1, 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador in the world.

Post-Ambassador years

He remains active in fundraising for the Republican Party.[5] Hertell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University of New York and a juris doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Hertell is also involved with the operations and investments of the Barrick Gold Corporation in the Dominican Republic and is Chairman and President of U.S. Precious Metals, Inc.[6] In 2009, he lobbied with Dominican authorities for the required permissions and licenses.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Listing on Notable Names Database
  2. ^ U.S. ambassador Hans Hertell and his wife Marie bid farewell tonight
  3. ^ Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic
  4. ^ Robert Fannin is confirmed as new U.S. ambassador in Dominican Republic from Dominican Times 29 October 2007
  5. ^ THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION-Embassy Row: Hans Hertell
  6. ^ U.S. Precious Metals management team
  7. ^ Barrick Gold to invest more than US$3B in Dominican mine

External links

  • U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Hans Hertell profile
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