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Franklin Templeton targets long-term growth with key UK hires


Franklin Templeton has made several key hires and new appointments with a view to substantially growing its UK business across the retail channel. 

Alex Brotherston has been promoted to head of UK retail sales, a newly created role. Brotherston will be responsible for both advisory and discretionary sales teams, and will continue to report to Ian Wilkins, UK country head.
Mark Elliott joins Franklin Templeton on 17 June as head of advisory. With 25 years’ experience in UK retail sales, Elliott brings a deep understanding of the UK advisory market. Elliott joins from BlackRock where he was head of UK retail sales and latterly managing director of EMEA retail sales. Prior to BlackRock, Elliott held positions with Lazard Asset Management and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes. Elliott will report to Brotherston, as will Fraser Wildgoose, head of discretionary.
In another retail channel hire, Mark Ward joined Franklin Templeton as marketing manager for UK and Nordic discretionary and institutional business on 7 May. Ward brings over 20 years’ experience in asset management marketing having started his career with Save & Prosper, and worked subsequently at Gartmore and Fidelity International.  In 2008, as head of marketing for Aviva Investors, Ward led its global rebrand. Ward will report to Sam Crocker, marketing director for UK and Nordic.
Wilkins says: “These appointments are key milestones in our objective to build our UK retail business across advisory and discretionary channels. Each appointment brings new talent and experience; positions our retail business for further growth; and, will allow us to take advantage of the opportunities created by RDR."

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