- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Hans Holz, 69, retired executive

Hans Holz, a former senior executive at the Swiss-Swedish multinational engineering company ABB, died March 2 of esophageal cancer in McLean. He was 69.

The eldest of three children, he was born in Wevelinghoven, Germany.

Mr. Holz served with ABB in management for more than 30 years, during which he traveled extensively, overseeing power projects worldwide in diverse locations such as Iran, South Africa and Mozambique.

In 1989, Mr. Holz moved to Washington from Germany to head ABB’s first liaison office with the multilateral development banks (MDBs), with focus on the World Bank and major power projects.

Working within the strict rules of transparency and level playing fields established by MDBs, Mr. Holz remained a tough, cutting-edge representative of the private sector throughout his career.

He frequently served on high-level working groups with managers at the development banks to promote fair, effective cooperation between the private sector and the MDBs.

“Hans was always constructive and optimistic. He looked not only to corporate well-being, but also to the impact on poverty and development,” World Bank President James Wolfensohn said. “He was a valued partner, and we will miss him.”

After his retirement in 2000, Mr. Holz served as consultant to ABB for three years; most recently, he was consultant to the German company Voith Siemens.

Mr. Holz enjoyed playing the piano, listening to classical music, hiking and gardening. He attended St. Luke Parish, a Catholic church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of almost 30 years, Brigitte Holz of McLean; a daughter, Nicole Bastian of Laudenbach, Germany; a son, Christian Holz of McLean; and a sister in Grevenbroich, Germany.

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