Peterson, Rudolph A. - from United States

ID: 22646
Organization: BOC
Country of meeting: Mandalay in the year 2002

Banker who served as the President and CEO of Bank of America and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

During his career, he worked at Commercial Credit Corporation, the Transamerica Corporation and the Bank of Hawaii. He joined Bank of America in 1936 and spent two decades in California before leaving for six years with the Bank of Hawaii. He was president of the Bank of Hawaii when he returned to Bank of America in 1961 as vice chairman. Bank of America named him president and chief executive in 1963. He retired at the end of 1969 and was succeeded by Alden W. Clausen. In 1972, Peterson became the second Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, managing that body's economic assistance activities throughout the world.

He was the University of California, Berkeley 1967 Alumnus of the Year and received the Chancellor’s Award in 1991. In 1965, Peterson was selected to be Swedish-American of the Year by the Swedish Council of America. He later served as chairman of Board of Directors of the Council from 1989–1991.

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