Hans Hertell

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Hans Hertell
United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
In office
November 29, 2001 – May 1, 2007
President George W. Bush
Personal details
Born 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 (born 1950/1951, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Nominated by President George W. Bush in the summer of 2001, Hertell was sworn in as Ambassador on November 8, 2001, and began his duties in the Dominican Republic on November 29, 2001. When he finished his tour on May 1, 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador in the world.


Hertell was a co-founder of Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer and Hertell, now the third largest full service 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.[1] He was replaced by Chargé d'affaires Roland W. Bullen, who served as the interim head of the embassy until mid-November 2007.[2] On November 15, 2007, P. Robert Fannin was sworn in as the new ambassador.[3]

Post-Ambassador years[edit]

Hertell remains active in fundraising for the Republican Party.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University of New York City and a juris doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. He is also involved with the operations and investments of the Barrick Gold Corporation in the Dominican Republic.[5] He has been the Chairman of the Board at U.S. Precious Metals, Inc since January 9, 2015. He has been a Director of U.S. Precious Metals, Inc since May 31, 2013 and Colt Resources Inc. since April 14, 2015. He also serves as a Director of InterEnergy Holdings.[6] In 2009, Hertell lobbied with Dominican authorities for the required permissions and licenses.[7]


  1. ^ U.S. ambassador Hans Hertell and his wife Marie bid farewell tonight, dominicantoday.com; accessed April 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic
  3. ^ Robert Fannin is confirmed as new U.S. ambassador in Dominican Republic, Dominicantoday.com, October 29, 2007.
  4. ^ THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION-Embassy Row: Hans Hertell, opensecrets.org; accessed April 4, 2016.
  5. ^ U.S. Precious Metals management team, usprgold.com; accessed April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Profile, bloomberg.com; accessed April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Barrick Gold to invest more than US$3B in Dominican mine, dominicantoday.com, February 10, 2009; accessed April 4, 2016.