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Hans van den Houten was born in the Netherlands on August 6, 1940. After his economic studies at the University of Lausanne, he graduated in 1963 as a Licence ès Science Economique et Sociale, which is accepted in the Netherlands as a Doctorandus Economie, or Drs. for short.

Following the period described in this memoir, he moved to South Africa and married Carola Cutler, a US citizen, and left Shell in 1967 to immigrate to the United States with Carola. They had three children, Tania, their daughter, born in 1970; Saskia, another daughter, born in 1977, who died at the age of three months due to a congenital heart problem; and Andrew, their son, born in 1979.

He joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1967 and completed the credit training program in 1969. Prior to his appointment as assistant treasurer of the bank, he became involved with a special project for the Museum of Modern Art. Because of his recommendations, he was asked by the Executive Board of MOMA to join the museum for a period of three years in 1970. Granted a leave of absence by Chase, he restructured the museum’s financial administration as the director of finance and chief financial officer.

Hans returned to Chase in 1973 as a vice president and had several assignments in the Far East, as well as French speaking Africa. He left Chase in 1976 and continued his career as vice president of Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency in New York City, where he restarted its international division. After three years, he was promoted to Dun & Bradstreet International, a sister company of Moody’s in the D&B Corporation, where he became the vice president and regional manager for Latin America. In

1984, he left D&B and joined Fitch Investor Service, where he started the international operations of Fitch, another leading rating agency, and moved to London to implement his recommendation to start EuroRatings, a European based rating agency for Fitch and other investors.

Returning to the United States in 1988 from London, he joined the boutique executive recruiting firm of E. J. Lance Management. In 1991, he was recruited to Republic National Bank, where until 1999 he was first vice president, responsible for all of Republic’s international corporate banking activities. After the sale of Republic to HSBC, he rejoined E. J. Lance and spent another three years in the executive recruiting world, until he was recruited himself to head the Senior Management Executive Counseling Department of Lee Hecht Harrison, as senior vice president in New York in 2004.

On April 30, 2003, he was awarded, by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, a knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau (Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau) for his multiple contributions to the strengthening of the relations between the Netherlands and the United States of America.

Following his divorce from Carola in 1987, who passed away, following a three-year fight with cancer, on December 30, 2015, he married in 1987 with Rebecca Boone Alston, a Mississippi native, and an architect and artist. They separated in 2004.

On July 8, 2005, Hans married Marian Scholten-Was, widow of his Lausanne former fellow student Tony Scholten. Following their marriage, Hans retired in October 2005, and they are now splitting their time between their homes in Bend, Oregon, and Almelo, the Netherlands.