Sally Dawson, Deutsche Bank Debt Saleswoman, Dies at 39

Sally Dawson, a Deutsche Bank AG executive in London who specialized in high-yield and distressed-debt sales, has died. She was 39.

She died on Oct. 18 at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, according to her father, Jim Dawson. The cause was metastatic breast cancer, which was diagnosed early this year.

In a 17-year career at Deutsche Bank, beginning soon after her graduation from Royal Holloway University of London, Dawson rose to director in fixed-income sales. She worked with asset managers and pension funds within the Institutional Client Group of the Frankfurt-based company, Europe’s largest investment bank by revenue.

“She had many institutional clients, not only in the U.K. but all over Europe, and there were links to American funds as well,” her father said yesterday in an interview. “Her customers, institutional funds and pension funds and hedge funds, they all appreciated doing business with Sally because she was personable and social and also got them what they were looking for. That’s what you’re looking for in a salesman.”

In a statement, Deutsche Bank said, “We are deeply saddened by Sally’s death, and our thoughts are with her family at this time.”

Sally Hazel Dawson was born to Jim and Pearl Dawson on Sept. 14, 1974, in Ascot, a village 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of London known as the home of the annual Royal Ascot horse races.

Her father, a chemist, worked for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. His assignments in the Netherlands and Venezuela -- where she attended the British School in Caracas for two and a half years -- gave Dawson and her older brother, Mark, an early taste of global business.

Career Path

Her interest in finance, her father said, “just came up from wanting to get involved in business when she got older.”

She studied management and economics in college and joined Deutsche Bank after working a few months for Royal Bank of Canada, her father said.

At Deutsche Bank, “she started in the back office and she worked through the middle to the front office, so she knew how the whole thing worked in an integrated form,” he said.

Dawson was an accomplished tennis player and ran the London Marathon in 2006, finishing in 5 hours, 24 minutes and 18 seconds. She enjoyed the opera and ballet and was a supporter of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Never married, she was godmother to a number of friends’ children, her father said.

A public memorial service for friends and colleagues will be held on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Chelsea.

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