The long-time head of Cargill Investor Services, Hal Hansen spent his entire 40-year career at Cargill, with the last 20 years as president of CIS, its futures brokerage subsidiary. He served on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s FCM committees during the 90s, and chaired the FIA in 1992 and 1993, and served on its executive committee for many years.
As an FIA board member, Hansen was a supporter of international markets and associations. A force in international cooperation, he actively supported initiatives of the FIA Japan and U.K. Chapters, the Futures and Options Association, and the Swiss Futures & Options Association.
On the speakers’ platform, he was known as "the Phil Donohue of the futures industry" for his "Crossfire" sessions. From 1994 to 1998 he served as chairman of the National Futures Association. In 2006 he was inducted into the Futures Industry Association Futures Hall of Fame.
Hansen received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1958. 
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