In Memoriam: Dominique Clavel, 81

Credit Pro Served Chase for 30+ Years in U.S., Europe, Asia

Dominique Clavel, an expert in country credit risk who served Chase Manhattan Bank in the United States, Europe and Asia over a 30-year career, died of pneumonia on April 18, 2024. He was 81 and lived in Manhattan. He was a longtime member of Chase Alumni.
Born in 1942 in wartime Paris, Clavel was educated in France before beginning a lifelong banking career in New York in 1968. Before leaving Chase in 1999, he had worked in New York, Belgium, France, Japan (as Branch Manager in Osaka) and Singapore. He was an expert in country credit risk.
Among his survivors are Gail, his wife of 54 years, two sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to a charity that focuses on children.  
Please send remembrances to
From Ed MoranI met Dominique back at the end of my Credit Training experience and somehow, our paths kept crossing through the years. We reunited through the regular alumni meetings. He was always so upbeat and friendly. A truly nice guy.
From Gary OlsonWill miss you Dominique. Was a pleasure working for you in Paris when you took over for Herve de Carmoy. Thank you for all your guideance and support while working in a foreign language. 
From David Weisbrod: A great loss; Bob Strong, Bill Foulke and I had lunch with Dominique earlier in the year. We shared many fond remembrances of our careers together.Dominique was the consummate credit officer and a guiding light for me and many others. I looked up to Dominique as someone with great erudition, decency and enormous competence. He will be missed by us all.
From David Burns: I remember Dominique well from both my time at Chase in New York and also meeting him at various Alumni functions. In New York I often felt (as Sting sang so well) as a resident alien (an Englishman in New York), and it was through chatting with Dominique that I remained close to my European roots. Always charming, interesting and interested, Dominique was a very special person. My condolences to his family.
From Hans van den Houten: So many years ago, Dominique and I took our first steps in the world of banking, while we were both in the Global Credit Department in early 1968. It was an opportunity to keep me trained in the French language, but, as for so many of us, it was not for long, or we conversed mainly in English. Our banking careers did not converge after we were assigned to various positions in the bank, but we always stayed in touch. After I left Chase, Dominique, as noted, remained with the bank for his whole career, but through the meetings and activities of the Chase Alumni Association, we kept meeting at irregular intervals. Our discussions were always cordial and interesting, getting back to our European backgrounds and enjoying the friendship we had established within Chase.            
     It has been a long while since I last had an opportunity to meet with him and his wife Gail, but the memories across so many years make me sad to know that we shall not have another opportunity to be together again. The horizons of life are unpredictable and, regretfully, Dominique’s horizon came too soon. May he Rest in Peace and know that he will not be forgotten by this Dutchman.
From Jean-Pierre Diels: I'm saddened beyond words to read that Dominique passed away. He was Country Manager for Belgium when I was the sole Chase officer at Banque de Commerce and he was the smartest and kindest manager that one could hope for. Kristina and I will never forget the wonderful dinner that Gail held for Herve de Carmoy at their home in Brussels... It did involve a glued chair that did not hold.
     In 1999 Dominique was a wonderful, caring helper as I was transitioning between two banks. My heart goes out to Gail and their children.


From Stefan WhiteMy father, David White, worked for many years in Chase credit with Dominque Clavel. 
     In the summer of 1991 I was a freshman at the University of Michigan and Dominique offered me a fantastic summer internship at Chase New York. I remember he asked me to prepare a report about the challenges and outlook facing Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party. He encouraged and taught me how to conduct primary research, helping me arrange meetings with knowledgeable individuals in the City and staff at the Japanese consulate. 
     Dominique invited me to lunch several times, and also invited me to join him on his favorite lunch hour escapade: a ride on the Staten Island ferry. 
     Condolences to his family and thank you for the nice memories and formative experience.