The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (Alfi) has appointed Denise Voss as chairman, a position that will initially run for two years.
Voss has played a key role in Alfi for a number of years, holding the position of vice chairman for international affairs since 2011 and a place on the Alfi board of directors since 2007. She is also chairman of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (Efama) investor education working group.
She replaces Marc Saluzzi, who made the following comment:
"I will not only step down from the Alfi Board of Directors after two successive two year mandates, but I will also retire from PwC on June 30, 2015.
“My plans for the immediate future are not formalized yet but my clear intention is to give back to my three professional families, which are PwC Luxembourg, Alfi and obviously Luxembourg, as a country, through its promotional agency. I will put my experience and my network at their disposal for the next few years.”
Voss, who takes over from Saluzzi with immediate effect, is conducting officer of Franklin Templeton International Services, a Luxembourg-based company, managing both Ucits and alternative investment funds in and outside of the EU. She began working with Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 and has worked in the financial industry in Luxembourg since 1990.
Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Voss worked in the audit division of Coopers and Lybrand in Boston, USA and Luxembourg for over nine years.
Commenting on her appointment, Voss says: “The asset management industry in Europe has gone through dramatic change over the past few years, with extensive regulation that has been put in place following the crisis, and Alfi has played a key role in working through the implementation of this regulation.”
She adds that challenges for Alfi in the coming years involve retirement solutions for an aging population, the growth of digital technology and changing buying habits.
“My role is to inspire the industry to focus on these issues and to ensure that the Luxembourg Fund Industry continues to play a key role in driving the development of the industry worldwide, encouraging economic growth and providing long-term financial security for individuals.”
The new Alfi Board of Directors is as follows:
Georges Bock, KPMG Luxembourg Société cooperative
Freddy Brausch, Linklaters
Stéphane Brunet, BNP Paribas Investment Partners
Martin F. Dobbins, State Street Bank
Jacques Elvinger, Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen
Michael Ferguson, Ernst & Young
Noel Fessey, Schroder Investment Management
Rafik Fischer, KBL European Private Bankers
Bettina Graeber-Hendry, Pictet & Cie
Jonathan P. Griffin, JP Morgan Asset Management
Ewald Hamlescher, Swiss & Global Asset Management
Lou Kiesch, Deloitte Luxembourg
Rudolf Kömen, Credit Suisse Fund Management
Claude Kremer, Arendt & Medernach
Eugen Lehnertz, Deka International
Steven Libby, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Société Coopérative
Markus Nilles, Allianz Global Investors
Geoff Radcliffe, BlackRock
Gilbert Schintgen, UBS Fund Management
Thomas Seale, European Fund Administration
Denise Voss, Franklin Templeton Investments
Marc Wathelet, FIL Investment Management
Julien Zimmer, DZ Privatbank
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