She could have been a psychologist or a professional dancer, but finally it is finance that allows her to satisfy her taste for what she calls being a “well-rounded person”.
The right partners
Denise Voss began her career at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston in 1985. At that time, Robert de Normandie also worked at the firm and when she mentioned she was interested in working abroad for a few years, he indicated that the Luxembourg office was looking for someone… She found herself the only American in the office of Coopers & Lybrand in Luxembourg in 1990, at a time when a number of US promoters were thinking about setting up investment funds in the Grand Duchy. In a case of being in the right place at the right time, she was very pleased to be involved from the outset with a number of high profile projects, under the leadership of Marie-Jeanne Chèvremont – who has been a mentor for Denise from the start – and Didier Mouget. She joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 as CFO, and became a general manager in 2000. In January 2006 she was Conducting Officer of Franklin Templeton Investment Funds, along with another talented individual: Bill Lockwood. More recently, in November 2013, Franklin Templeton set up a Luxembourg management company for its European UCITS and AIFs, where Denise is Conducting Officer and Board Member.
The right steps
All of the positions that she has held have permitted her to meet people from all walks of life and to be in close contact with a number of companies working in a wide range of fields. This desire to be well-rounded is very important to Denise, in both her professional and private life. A dance enthusiast from a young age through university, she studied, performed and taught dance throughout that time. She was able to combine that love for dance with her university studies, in graduating with diplomas in psychology and in dance therapy, before obtaining a Masters in Accountancy. Today, her interests continue to be varied and include the history of the English language, rugby, which she watches with her husband, who is French, and books by her preferred chefs. She is also a “swimming mom”, cheering on her daughter at swimming competitions.
One step back
Denise was very influenced in growing up as one of 2 children of a single mother, who set an example in rising from working as a sales clerk to being the owner of an advertising agency. Another big influence was her step-father: a charismatic person and “bon vivant” who introduced her to literature, music, art and other cultural pursuits. These two characteristics are fundamental to Denise’s personality: perseverance and enthusiasm for life!
Facts & Figures
Place of birth: Los Angeles
Languages: English, French
Hobbies: Family, house, reading
Cities: Luxembourg, London, Paris, Boston, Florence, Venice (in California and Florida
Restaurants: Mosconi, Toit pour toi
Places: Vista Palace Hotel (Roquebrune Cap Martin), The Venice Beach House (California), Ruisodo (New Mexico)
Book: Anything by Jane Austen, M.F.K.Fischer
Music: Handel, George Gershwin, Al Jarreau, Bob Marley, Maxime Le Forestier
Artists: Turner, Hogarth, Gainsborough
Member, Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs
Certified Public Accountant, Massachusetts, USA