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Franklin Templeton appoints CIO of Emerging Markets Equity


Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Manraj S Sekhon, CFA, as chief investment officer (CIO) of Emerging Markets Equity, overseeing the emerging markets equity teams across the organisation.

Sekhon will join on 19 February 2018, and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office. He will report to Stephen Dover, head of Equities for Franklin Templeton Investments.
“Manraj Sekhon brings more than two decades of industry experience in emerging markets and is a proven global investment leader,” said Dover. “As part of the next phase in the evolution of our emerging markets teams, we are pleased to bring on a leader who I am confident will best leverage the breadth of our investment talent across emerging markets equities to deliver the high quality investment strategies and performance that our clients expect.”
In the course of his more than 20-year career in global investment, Sekhon has managed portfolios on behalf of pension plans, sovereign wealth, endowments, insurance, family offices and private wealth clients. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Sekhon served as the chief executive, CIO and director of Fullerton Fund Management, a Singapore-based asset manager. In that role, he was responsible for driving the strategy and growth of the business globally as well as overseeing all investment capabilities. Prior to that, Sekhon served as director and head of International Equities at Henderson Global Investors, where he led a team managing Global and EAFE (Europe, Australasia & Far East) portfolios for clients around the world.
Sekhon will oversee Franklin Templeton’s more than 80 experienced emerging markets equity investment professionals based in 20 offices around the world and representing over USD45 billion in assets under management. The investment philosophies and disciplined approaches of each distinct strategy within the emerging markets equity groups will remain intact.
“As one of the first emerging markets investment managers, Franklin Templeton has a long history of investing in emerging and later frontier markets. Throughout the past 30 years, we have built a global team of true local experts in these countries, where on-the-ground research is paramount. We remain committed to bringing high quality emerging markets investment options to our retail and institutional clients under Manraj’s capable leadership,” says Jenny Johnson (pictured), president and COO of Franklin Templeton Investments.
Sekhon adds: “Templeton is known as a pioneer in emerging markets investing. I am honoured and excited by this opportunity to join the firm to build on the legacy of renowned investors Sir John Templeton and Dr. Mark Mobius. The emerging markets expertise that Franklin Templeton has built, with a deep bench of experienced investment professionals embedded across the countries they research and invest in, is renowned in the industry. I am privileged to be leading this talented group.”

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